The wine was a 2008 Domaine de Nizas from the Languedoc region of France. It was dark red in the glass and smelled insistently of the earth. After a lot of swirling the fruit popped out of the glass but only as a companion to that sense of dry, dusty earth. Full flavors of mixed dark fruits that never went over the top. With six years of age the tannins had softened and integrated. No elegance here, but a smooth and lasting finish. 60% Syrah, 35 % Mourvedre and 5% Grenache Noir.“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
— -Ernest Hemingway
2008 Domaine de Nizas. 14% alcohol and $12.