- pale garnet centre
- slight strawberry/brick rim indicating little age
- moderate legs indicating alcohol around 11-12% (12.5% actual)
clean nose; moderate+ intense notes of
- rich terroir - a minerality I can't explain readily
- creamy lush baie rouges, especially ripe strawberries and perhaps black raspberries
- floral notes of iris (I second guessed myself on this) and the winemaker says "peonies"
clean palate; 0 dryness, full- acid, moderate++ tannin, moderate intense flavors of
- those red berries again
- terroir that I originally called "gravelly" but later upon reading about the winery discovered was tasting the volcanic soil
- oak upon oak - the winemaker says only 6 months, but with such a moderate bodied wine and thin skinned grape - 6 months is heavy oaking (IMHO)
moderate body, moderate+ alcohol (I found it a bit hot for only 12.5%) and a very good structure
Big acids are balanced by big tannins, but... but I still think these tannins are interfering with the fruit being able to show themselves to their best. I would wait at least 6 months to a year before trying this vintage again. I found it excellent with out antipasto platter, and could imaine it in a year or 3 with a smoked pork shoulder on an aged cheddar dauphinoise.
2007 Cote de Brouilly (Beaujolais)
(from Chateau Thivin - Les Sept Vignes - Odenas, France)
** wonderful buy @ $20