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Bete Noire,

Bete Noire, Wine Details
Price: $40.00 per bottle

Description: TASTING NOTES: APPEARANCE: dark inky purple. NOSE: old world, earthy, aromas of smoky meat, agave nectar, tar and wet earth PALETTE: the wine is dark and complex with ripe dark red fruits, anise, spice and tobacco. To borrow a phrase our friend Wendy used to describe butter ice cream she enjoyed recently at Bacar, this wine is ”so good you’ll want to roll in it.”. Will age gracefully for 10-15 years. 60% James Berry & Booker Syrah, 40% Denner Mourvedre

Varietal Definition
As long as the weather is warm, Mourvedre ably tolerates a wide variety of soils. It is popular across the south of France, especially in Provence, where it is responsible for the greatness of Bandol, and many a fine red Cotes-du-Rhone. It is often blended in Chateauneuf-du-Pape; Languedoc makes it as a varietal. Spain uses it in many areas, including Valencia. In the United States, Mourvedre remains a minor factor for now, pursued by a few wineries that specialize in Rhone-style wines. The wine it produces can be quite pleasing, with medium weight, spicy cherry and berry flavors and moderate tannins. It ages well.
Syrah is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes! In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with - healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot; suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. The wines from Syrah are tannic without being harsh. The wines will have a taste and smell of dark blue fruit like blackberries and blackcurrant, with a strong spicy side where one can find freshly ground pepper and other spices. Syrah is famous for its part in the French blends, such as Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf du Pape.


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