52% Carignan, 28% Syrah, 20% Grenache; 14.5% ABV
Corbières AOC, (southern) France; imported by Global Wine Co., San Rafael, CA
$5 at the Oakland, CA, on 7 July. Bought a couple more at Berkeley for $6 on 23 July
This wine was pretty good at first pour, but opened nicely over the next couple hours to show flavors of earthy black raspberry, blackberry, garrigue (aromatic plants in the surrounding dry scrubland, such as lavender, sage, rosemary, and wild thyme), leather, black olive, and wood. I seem to recall Weinish’s saying he didn’t like this so well because it was too fruity and New World-style. I thought that while it had some characteristics of both Old and New World wines, it was definitely a French wine. The ripe, forthright fruit seemed rather New, but the earthy, herbal flavors and tannic structure seemed Old. Anyway, I thought it was delicious, and still a good deal for a dollar more than what I first paid for it.
The next day, the second half (saved in a 375ml screw capped bottle with very little air) had similar flavors, but was softer and richer, filled out, still really good.