I grabbed this on the sheer mention of the region of France–the “Minervois.” These wines are fruity, fragrant, balanced and adjusted for modern palates.
It is a young purple on the pour with a medium black cherry nose.
The palate is peppery and while it smells like Grenache it tastes like Syrah.
With a few minutes of air, the flavors release a bit. This is a well made, balanced wine but it just doesn’t trip my trigger (or my wife’s).
The wine Spectator gave this wine 90 points which is overblown by far. This is a good solid wine but 85-86 is max. Raise a glass!