2012 Paul Mas Estate Carignan

An interesting wine, with unusual layers of flavors for the price and varietal. The nose shows raspberry, violets, and cigar ash. The palate shows wild cherry, raspberry, cigar ash, and violet. The mid-palate a...

2012 La Forge Estate Merlot

The nose shows black cherry, tobacco leaf, vanilla, and a touch of white pepper. The nose is similar, black cherry, with some blackberry background, tobacco leaf, ash, eucalyptus, and pepper. Drink with pot r...

2012 Paul Mas Estate Pinot Noir

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 ...
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The Dreams of the Roussillon

The region of Roussillon falls clearly within the borders of France. It is also regularly amalgamated with its neighboring region, in the denomination of Languedoc-Roussillon. However, the area really has a story that is entirely its own. The windswept, hot, dry slopes that rise out of the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea harbor a culture that has more in common with Spain's Catalonia than with the rest of France. The soils and climate are more reminiscent of Priorat, which lies just south of the Pyrenees Mountains from Roussillon, rather than the rest of the Languedoc.
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2008 Sacha Lichine Cabernet Merlot

This is billed as an “Old World meets New World” wine. It might be more correctly labeled as a “French wine aimed directly at cutting into the American market.” There are some nice blackberry nuances around the nose but they seem to get cut off by some herbal notes. Fruit-forward, it’s a little cluttered on the palate, with cassis flavors battling it out a bit with some briar and red licorice notes, but has some nice silken tones after it has a little time to sort itself out. Tannins are soft and the finish is pleasant. Nothing here to distinguish this from the ocean of low-to-mid range American Cabernets produced each year, but still a pleasant quaff, and not a bad value. Try with a roast pork or grilled chops. Recommended.