Look, I know we disagree on whether or not the presence brettanomyces is always a fault. I respect your taste, really I do. You prefer wine that is reminiscent of fruit. Of course, seeing as how you are Californian, I would expect nothing less. But here’s the deal: I discovered a lovely French wine from Corbières. Sure the label is written in French and has words inscribed on it that would intimidate Joe Sixpack. However, it’s a nifty wine, and I really want you to try it. “Why?” You ask. Well – hmmm. How should I put this? It’s got a bit of brett. And I think that’s a good thing. Please don’t put this letter down. Keep reading. It’s also got fruit! You like fruit, right? Hooray fruit! Not only does it have fruit, but it also has tomato! Well, not literally (but you know that). This wine has scents of red cherry, tomato, uhh… anise (but only a little bit), cedar (just a hint), and, hmmm, a smidgen of funk. OK Ok – you might call it manure or barnyard, but I like to think of it as funk. It makes me feel all soulful and whatnot. So I think you’ll like it – really. Look, if you don’t like this wine; I’ll buy you the biggest, fruitiest glass of Cabernet you can think of. So what do you say? Be a pal. I just know you’ll enjoy it. Heck – I halfway expect you to start composing odes to rustic vin from the Languedoc. And nothing would make me happier. I’ve got a beret with your name on it. Just give me the word and I’ll send it to you; along with one of those French sailor outfits. Ahh huuh huh!
Your Ami in Wine,
- Made from Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan
- Rusty ruby in color with a definite copper rim
- Scents of anise, cedar, red cherry, tomato, and…..funk
- Medium bodied in the mouth with slight tannins. A very dry wine with tart fruit flavors and a subtle, lasting finish
- This wine makes me want to sing, “Let’s spend the night together.” (not that I’m suggesting anything) (not that there’s anything wrong with that)
**** (4 stars out of 5)