Calmel & Joseph Les Terroirs Minervois 2011

The Minervois wine region is situated behind Narbonne in the mediterranean far south of France.  Here's a map of the wider region with the French/Spanish border near Banyuls-sur-Mer; I find the topographical map informative:

Source: Google Maps
This particular wine is a blend of syrah (60%) and the balance grenache.  A deep ruby in colour in the glass, it has aromatics of dry woods, tea tree, dates, ripe plum, dried thyme, black pepper, some soy characters and some spirit too.  The palate has medium length, light tannins and flavours reminding of soy and plums, with some heat on the finish and a savoury impression.  There are some edges, but there's some enjoyment too for $18 as the bottle rather disappeared.

Rating: Good, Abv: 14.5%, Price: $18, Source: sample, Vendors:, Website:, Tasted: 2014
March 16, 2014

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