Friday, April 13, 2012

2009 Domaine Carpy "Les Pins" FITOU (Southwest France)

I haven't had many Fitous, but they've all been good, and good values.  Including this one.  It's an appellation that's arid, hot, stony, and right up against the Mediterranean.  A blend primarily of Grenache, Syrah, Carignane and Mourvedre (the 4 Musketeers?).

Beautiful dark ruby color.  Very nice nose of perfumed rock dust, dark minerals, and ripe black cherry and blackberries.  Very pure-tasting dark cherry-berry fruit and powdered black stones fill the mouth.  Loads of very fine-grained nano-tannins.  Medium full body and darn good acidity for a wine from this region, adding up to very nice balance and mouthfeel.  A wicked good value at $8.99.  Got it at Whole Foods in Clarendon.  Whoever picks out the wines for that store does a nice job picking out an array of nice values.  Imported by Dionysis Imports, Manassas, VA.  B+.

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