Monday, May 1, 2017

Domaine Richaud Cairanne l'Ebrescade, 2005

When I first tried this wine two years ago, I thought it was too oaky, too international in style. I guess it was still coming together; tonight it's beautiful.

Unlike my favorite Cairannes (Domaine l'Oratoire Saint Martin and Rabasse Charavin) which are high in old vine Grenache, this wine has 35 percent Mourvedre. And the Mourvedre has a major influence on its personality. Deep and dark in color and also in smells and flavors. Boysenberries, violets and a hint of spice. Very ripe on the palate. Now some red berries as well as black. And a bit of pepper around the edges. Ripe and long. This wine is singing right now. If you have any, drink and enjoy.

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