A good French Pinot Noir for under $15 is a rare pleasure. Cherry, anise, and a touch of milk chocolate come through on the nose. Strawberry and redcurrant soar over star anise and milk chocolate, with a small strip of dried orange peel adding to the finish. Dusty tannins and crisp acids provide solid structure. Recommended. 87 points.

WHO: Paul Mas Estate
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE: France, Languedoc Roussillon, Vin de Pays d’Oc
VINEYARD: Saint Hilaire Vineyard
WHEN: 2012



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