13% alcohol, south facing, slate, 80+ year old vines – This is another fascinating indigenous varietal wine that has my curiosity peaked, big time. From the Amandi subsector, with minuscule yields, it is foot tread, then vinified in conical vessels, using uniquely native yeasts, and then aged in French oak barrels of at least 5 years of use to entirely neutralize any oak influence. Josh’s comment that it is quite N Rhône like is something that I hear time and again, so fans of Côte Rôtie as well as tonic, power-without-weight, complex red wines should indeed check in here…..
“Brilliant violet color. An expressive bouquet evokes ripe, mineral-tinged red/blue fruits, incense and candied flowers. A suggestion of smoked meat emerges with air. Chewy, focused and appealingly sweet, offering juicy black raspberry and violet pastille flavors and a hint of licorice and spicecake. Finishes gently tannic with impressive tenacity, leaving an echo of smokiness behind. There’s something northern Rhône-like going on here. (Raised in neutral French oak barrels.)” 93 Josh Raynolds