This wine is ok-ish.  It is another "natural" wine that could have been much better with a little more "intervention".  I am all for organic and sustainable but when the "natural" overrides the quality, there is an issue.  Especially at $30 a bottle.  Thei is a blend of 50% Alibernet, 25% St. Laurent, and 25% Blauer Portugieser.  Alibernet, is a cross of Alicante Bouchet and Cabernet Sauvignon.  In this case, it is pressed off the skins immediately and treated like a white wine, it is then blended with the the other two red varietals. The grapes are hand-harvested and foot-stomped as whole bunches, then aged in neutral oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, with zero addition of sulfur.  The resulting wine that was tasted a couple years later across an ocean, transported by truck, is not the same quality as what went into the bottle.  Purple in color, cloudy and opaque.  The nose has some black cherry fruit along with spoiled cabbage and chemical cleaner notes.  Better on the palate with tart sour cherries.  The fruit is mild.  The spoiled issues come back on the finish.  It is a bit better with some food to cover up the off flavors.  This is drinkable and sort of interesting, but could have been more.  I would love to taste a proper bottle of this.  A little sulfur at bottling would probably have allowed me to so do.  

Grade: 
C-
Score: 
70
Vintage: 
2019
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

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