Popped and poured. Very friendly and pretty fruit-forward nose, bursting with warm red berries and a hint of minerality. I'd guess this as a cru Beaujolais from that, although there's a slightly candied ripe edge to it. On the palate, zesty acidity and light-medium tannins and body. Still heavy on primary fruits, but with a nice mineral edge and some spice. Delivers decent goods for $12.
Soft, ripe fruit, with some brushiness. Medium grip in the mouth with some balancing acidity. Not bad. The 2005 Cotes du Rhone-Sablet was better and more seamless...not as rough. As much as I like Piaugier, I would not buy it again. Too many cheap but good CdRs from 2007.
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