Similar to their white, this proved to be a bit, albeit less, controversial. For my tastes, this is a dead ringer for the stinky Chateauneuf du Pape's that were so prevalent twenty plus years ago (especially Beaucastel) that I love! My friend Jeff B. called it Chateauneuf du Georgia. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and a bit cloudy. The nose has some Brettanomyces which gives it a stinky barnyard note but also cherries, black cherries, plums, black pepper and a slight floral (lilac?) note. With a couple of hours of air, the stink blows mostly off if not fully. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, this has a nice complexity. Black cherries, earthy with a bit of char. Good acidity. Long finish. This is great on its own if you like this style of wine, but otherwise it would work well with a beef stew. Drink over the next five to eight years.
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