Lot 343 | 2011 France
Gold Medal: SF International Wine Competition; cassis and lush blue/black fruit aromatics gently touched with toasty-mocha oak.
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- Cabernet 63%, Merlot 19%, Malbec 18%
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Smooth, few tannins, beuatiful nose
So, last night I tasted my first bottle of the two new Zins and reviewed Lot 438 with full intentions to go to its bro, Lot 431, tonight. And then it happened: I needed an extra slot in my Eurocave to cellar some 501, and that slot was taken by Lot 343--and so it had to be slaughtered tonight!
Poor baby--lucky I!
With all my traveling (the CH folks probably wonder why they never send shipments to my home address!), this was going to be the last home-cooked meal before another early-morning departure. So Lot 343 was served up with a hearty NY strip and Kamado-prepped potato slivers and a healthy salad. Actually, I am till nursing the rest of the bottle right now but wanted to write down my impressions. Lot 343 is amazingly approachable for a French wine. It is happy, from the get-go. Its nose is just so wonderful, like a Monet painting, full of lil' red poppies .... What follows is not as "classic" but still damn fine if you don't wait all night to kill the bottle. As I am writing, all those complex flower and berry tones are starting to dissipate.
I can't remember how much I paid for this gem, but it was in the low teens, I believe. Think about all the swill that they sell in the grocery store for a tenner! This wine is an exceptional value (valeur exceptionel--as they like to say in French), and if there's any left, go get some. You won't be disappointed.
The five stars are applicable if it's still available for $13 or less. I'm a tightwad, as my friends say....
Just buy it already
Very surprised with this wine, didn't read the reviews just bought it at Whole Foods when they had a crap load of cases sitting on the floor. I'll be heading back to buy much more. Needs a little time to open, but once it does it is magnificent if you like jammy wines - but not at all what I expected from this. Extremely fruit forward and delicious, I will be happy making this a daily pick, something that goes well with food or alone.
We liked it! Very drinkable (especially at this price). As others have said, is jammy and somewhat Zin like. Worked well with left over turkey and dressing!
Perfect red table wine
We purchased this for our open house based on Cam's video and the $10 price. It is a perfect all-purpose wine because it goes with everything. The flavor opens up as you swirl it, so don't jump to conclusions with the first sip.
Strawberry jam flavors. I thought this wine would be rather average since it's one of the cheaper ones in the store, so I was pleasantly surprised. Great structure and big fruit - I loved it but it does not taste like a Meritage - more like a Zin.
Not what I expected
According to the description of the reviews of this wine it was compared to a Californis Zin, big bold and jammy. Starting with the boutique I found no fruit just mineral. Definately different wth hints of currant, oak a dense wine that is both earthy and complex. I tried it on pizza night and yes, it was better with food, but still a bit disappointing.
A very different French wine!
I was very surprised that a red this young is so ready to drink. But more than that, the style of the wine also surprised me. I have not experienced French reds that I would say are fruit bombs (and I mean this in a positive way in this case). This reminded me of a well made California zin. The nose was full of flint, with a little smoke, cream and dark berries. The taste was also of dark fruit, cream, very smooth and quite jammy. The finish was smooth with a more subtle dark fruit flavor and was rather long. All in all, this is quite a bargain for the price. We rated it 91 pts.