Manousakis Winery "Nostos" 2006 - Crete; 14,5% abv
It is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Roussanne aged in French and American oak. Their website says of the oak: "All barrels are new and they are being replaced every four years." What does this mean? That this wine might have been in barrels of anywhere from new to 4 years old?
There is a lovely stinky/shitty aroma to the dark, sweet, ripe fruit. This is just how brett (presumably) should work in the ideal universe: it doesn't overpower the aromas of the wine but brings a touch of savoury character to what would otherwise be a rather too fruit-forward wine to my tastes. Whatever they mean by the oaking, I sense it more on the palate, but it seems to be integrating and what is left is a sweet, sunny but still lively S. Rhône lookalike. I actually like this very much. I have no idea what it costs, but if available for under 30€ it would be a definite re-buy if only it were available here.
I don't drink wine because of religious reasons ... only for other reasons.
No longer ITB.