Les Vignerons du Sommierois (Co-op), Laura, AOP Coteaux de Languedoc-Sommieres, Gard, Occitanie, France, 2014
This wine: a blend of 70% syrah with grenache noir, 50% barrique-aged for 6 months, natural cork closure, 14% abv, ex-producer, €7 (01/17)
Consumer tasting note: a coconut-spicy black cherry nose is followed by interesting glimpses of vanilla, dark chocolate, herbs, toast and black liquorice; full-bodied with ripe sympathetic tannins, with a modestly concentrated palate of black cherry and plum, with touches of liquorice and sweet tobacco. A medium length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of creamy coconut, spicy stewed black cherry, passing whiff of vanilla, hint of dark chocolate, dark glace cherry, a herbal dimension, touches of toast and black liquorice, tobacco.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe medium tannins, high alcohol, medium (+) body, a smooth texture, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of creamy black cherry, black plum jam, touches of liquorice and sweet tobacco. A medium length with a clean lightly grippy black fruited finish, and a touch of liquorice on the end.
Quality: good, well made, well-balanced acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, all suited to the modest flavour intensity; showing some complexity from time in wood and bottle, with tertiary hints of chocolate, tobacco and stewed berries; better intensity than concentration, panning into a mediocre length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will hold for year or two.