The Mont Gravet Carignan offers value and quality and interest – impressive in any wine, and even more so for $10
This vintage of the Mont Gravet Carignan, a red wine from France, isn’t as amazing as the 2015, which was one of the great cheap wines of all time. But that doesn’t mean the 2018 isn’t a terrific cheap wine.
• It’s not tannic, but it’s not the kind of “smoooooth” wine that a focus group would approve of.
• It’s made with carignan, usually used for blending. So it doesn’t taste like cabernet sauvignon, merlot or pinot noir. Which is OK, since it’s not supposed to.
• It’s both food friendly (burgers and fajitas) and something to drink when you feel like a glass of red wine. That just doesn’t happen much any more.
Look for berry fruit, not quite brambly and not too much of it, plus a little bit of earth (one of my favorite things about this wine every vintage). The smidgen of tannins and acidity make the wine complete. Highly recommended, and should return to the Hall of Fame in 2021.
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