What the hell happened? Last night dropped below freezing. School buses prowl the streets. My wife already opened Halloween decorations. Fall has arrived.
Screw this, I will keep wearing t-shirts, flip-flops, and sunglasses. To sustain my delusion, today’s Thirsty Thursday wine will remain sunny.
What better way to play pretend than with a new Negociant team, Gregory Hecht and François Bannier, and their 2011 blend of 70% Syrah, 20% Grenach, and 10% Carignan? Sourced from tightly knit relationships with grape growers, it then waited 2 years in barrels for me to drink.
Aromas: The steam from glowing sauna rocks lines a luscious lump of black cherry, chocolate syrup, and molasses.
Palate: Dry, with moderate acid, ample tannin, noted alcohol, and a full body that somehow remains lean, silken,
Flavors: Rich but dried black cherry jerky, chocolate syrup, and red apple skin lead to the mineral, white pepper dust finish that lasts for a medium plus length.
Hecht & Bannier’s 2010 Minervois tastes upright, experienced, and very sleek and stylish: like a black Armani suit. It sings the song of the sunny South with loads of Fall-fighting warmth, fruit, spice, and presence. Dinner is its friend. It is very good (4 of 5) and worth the $20 venture.