Côtes de Gascogne, France
60% Tannat, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon; 12.5% ABV
Purchased 4/10/2013 at the Pinole, CA store
Pretty ruby color, ripe but shy nose with simple red berry-pie cherry aromas, soft and sweet palate. Little varietal character, sort of nondescript but pleasant. Slightly thin and hot on the finish, with a bit of astringency. Some airing yielded a little, blueberry, earth, and camphor in the nose. It’s not a bad quaffer but not very interesting. By day 2, it had opened up to yield a bigger bouquet of tea and faded roses, but it now had kind of a chalky, gritty feel on the palate. It was best on day 3, having smoothed out but also getting stale in the aroma department. You could do much worse for $4, but not a repeat buy for me.