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Castillo de Clavijo - Gran Reserva
Nice for the price. Cherry compote, dried flowers, relatively low acid but harmonious. Leans toward New World in style. A good value, would buy again.
Shows Bordeaux typicity, earthy, harmonious. The only nit I would pick - and this is a small one - is it's a little stingy on the fruit, but I would suspect decanting for two or more hours would correct that. Appropriately priced at $54/bottle.
Roquebrun - Terrasses de Cabrio
The carignan is dominant, which result in a high-toned, fruity, cherry-like flavor profile. A generous dollop of brett (which I like) and tons of Southern France character.
Bila-Haut - Cotes du Roussillon Blanc
Simple but crazy-good. Citrus, spring peas, minerals, relatively high acidity (which is great for pairing with food). The complete package for not a lot of coin. Very refreshing and substantial. Will continue to buy.
Guigal - St-Joseph Lieu-dit St Joseph
This was nothing like the last bottle, which I felt was too fruity and over-extracted. While it showed generous fruit, the acidity, tannins and minerality were balanced. This bottle was one of the most popular in our International Syrah tasting (and Tila's favorite).