It is unusual for us to bottle a red wine after only six months of barrel age, but this lovely carignan was so forward and delicious as a young wine that we felt there was no choice. The ‘96 growing season was one of the warmest in recent memory; these eighty year- old, non-irrigated vines were seriously stressed by the heat. The grapes were picked earlier than usual, and went directly to barrel after malolactic. Though it may develop beautifully with five years in bottle, this is wonderful quaffing wine—the “bistro” style at its best. PD (6/97)
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Average Rating: 86.8
No. of Tasting Notes: 4
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