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Languedoc La Clape 2010, Château des Karantes ($25.65, 11476629)
Syrah (60%), Mourvèdre (30%) and Grenache (10%). Manually harvested, sorted, transferred by gravity to wood fermentation vats. Matured 18 months in 300- and 600-litre oak barrels. 14.5% ABV.
Plum, blackberry, turned earth, spice, hint of oak. A fleshy, big-boned wine. Ripe bordering on jammy fruit, chewy tannins and lots of acidity. A whiff of alcohol and tooth-coating astringency mark the chocolate- and licorice-scented finish. A bit stolid for now. Cellar time will bring some complexity and integration (dunno about elegance or finesse). That said, lovers of big wines will probably love this.

Written by carswell

March 1, 2013 at 19:42

Posted in Tasting notes

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