A blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan with an average vine age of 60 years, grown in gneiss, limestone, and schist. The 79-acre vineyard is farmed biodynamically (but not certified). The fruit was vinified with ambient yeast in cement, then aged half in cement and half in 600-liter oak barrel. The resultant wine is peppery and fruity, with aromas of garrigue and spice and a body that reads like herb-steeped cranberries. There’s a nice tannic grip and a minty-eucalyptus essence at the close. Overall a snappy, vivacious wine with enough oomph for red meat but enough vibrancy for poultry and sharp cheeses.
14% abv | $28 (sample)