2001 Val D’Orbieu ‘La Cuvée Mythique’ Vin de Pays d’Oc, 30% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 20% Century-old Carignan, 15% Mourvedre, 6% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, $15.99, 13.5% alc.: We loved the '97 version of this wine, and went through quite a few of them, and I only wish that we could have brought home every bottle that the nice little shop in Scituate had in stock; I find it especially interesting to compare these notes to the ones I posted in 2003. The dark garnet color fades at the rim of the glass, and the wine offers up very nice characteristics of red and black currants and plums with undertones of earth, leather and cedar, with moderate tannins, good acids and a nice long finish. For me, this epitomizes real red wine, being very food friendly and yet quite enjoyable all by itself. Despite the preponderance of Rhône varietals, it has a claret-like quality, and offers marvelous QPR for what’s in the bottle. I must have more of this wine!
Imported by Pasternak Wine Imports, Greenwich, CT
-from Wicked Couch & Spit
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