Saturday, April 07, 2012

2009 Col des Vents CORBIERES (Southern France)

This dirt cheap wine was very good.  Worth buying in quantity.  Focused, balanced, deep, and satisfying.  It's 50% Carignane, 35% Grenache, and 15% Syrah.

Fairly saturated black ruby.  Nose a little shy, but showing very delineated scents of black raspberry and dark cherry juice poured over freshly-cracked clean dark stones.  Soft, concentrated, and with great balance, this wine coats the mouth with rich dark cherry fruit and some very fine-grained tannin.  Loads of clean stony minerals too.  Good acids for a wine from this region (which can be brutally hot), showing not only the 2009 vintage's blessings but also someone's careful attention to when to pick. Buy this wine by the case and drink with dinners over the next year or two.  B+.  Was $7 freakin' .99 at Whole Foods in Clarendon.  Imported by value seeking importer Kysela Pere et Fils, Winchester, VA.

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