Berthet Rayne - 2015 Cairanne Rouge, Vieilles Vignes
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Inside the Bottle: This is a wine that is really hard for anyone not to like. Sure, it’s intellectual but most of all, it is downright delicious. It’s a wine for the geek and anyone who likes a bit of generosity in their red wines. It is the furthest thing from an oaky, over-extracted wine. It is just as good as it needs to be and nothing more.
Sometimes wine like this are hard to describe because they bring out so much emotion that you get a stronger feeling from it rather than focused notes. That said, here are some more precise characters: The aromas are dark and extremely fresh. They are exotic, in the very best way. We know this may be a little too poetic, but this wine gives the impression of the colors in a Monet water lilies painting. These beautiful aromas are laced with strikingly pure notes of white pepper, white flower, red flower, nori, sugar plums, mosto d’uvo (there’s one for you!!) and so many beautiful and dainty characters. Just pull the cork, and surrender yourself to the impressionistic images of old France, in a glass.
Anecdote: The first time I showed this wine in San Francisco was with a group of superb sommeliers. I pulled out this wildcard over a dinner with tons of great red Burgundies. I knew the wheels would start turning because it would be impossible to miss the beauty of this little gem. After dinner we went out and one of the most talented sommeliers confessed, “we had a ton of great wines tonight… but I can’t stop thinking about that Cairanne!… I just can’t stop thinking about it.” Like him, I was smitten the moment that I tasted this wine in Andre's cellar.