French Wine detour. Everywhere I'm coming across French wines (Haven't as of yet seen their Syrah), so when I get a chance to taste them I don't mind detouring my Syrah/Shiraz exploration.
Chateau Nicot 2008 Bordeaux, $10.00-$14.00, 88 points, 85% Merlot-15% Cabernet Sauvignon, is their Grand Vin (A winery's best wine).
The color is typically Bordeaux with garnet showing, and very young.
Having a quite pleasant, but subtle aroma with hints of clove, cinnamon, and boysenberry jam.
This is a quaffing wine (By itself or with food), with good acids and tame tannin carried on a light-plus body with mellow flavors of pomegranate and boysenberry.
The finish is a surprisingly spicy affair, with cayenne and white pepper.
The alcohol is a perfect 13%.
Picheral 2006 Merlot, Vin De Pays (Country-Wine of France) approximately $10.00, 83 points.
Purple to plum in color.
Warm spice, subtle earth and milk make-up the aroma.
This is an austere wine, with a demanding acidity and an over-whelming tannic presence making this wine (For me) almost undrinkable without a food accompaniment (My porter-house steak was okay), all of this austerity masking this wine's fruit. The alcohol is 13%.
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