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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Domaine Fincham Red Note 2005

Red Note 2005Domaine Fincham's delicious Grenache-Syrah blend, the Red Note 2005, opens with a typically earthy French nose which quickly blows off and is replaced with aromas of leather and blackberries. In the mouth it's medium-bodied, rich and velvety, with flavors of blackberries and dried cherries tinged with baking spices, and just enough tannin to give it some structure. It leaves behind a long, dry, cherry-tinged finish that makes you look forward to the next sip. Its price is $15 or so, and for that it delivers a lot.

Winemaker Mark Fincham is a Londoner who leads bicycle tours, has a master's degree in oenology from Lycée Viticole, and got his hands-on experience by helping his wife and her family make wine at the vaunted Châteauneuf du Pape producer Domaine du Pegau. Fincham's own vineyards are further southwest, in Costières de Nimes.
J. Silverheels Gray, 10:36 AM

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