Lirac Rouge "Fruit de Lune," Dom. des Carabiniers
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Organic

Lirac Rouge "Fruit de Lune," Dom. des Carabiniers - 2017

Item # 40880 750mL
$18.96/ Single Bottle
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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


Tasting Notes

The fine tannins on this Lirac were achieved through the lengthy skin maceration, just over two weeks. The aromas are wild with berries and lots of garrigue character - ferns, rosemary and black olives. Lirac wines come from the zone in the western side of the southern Rhône Valley.


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Staff Pick Notes

I love the earthy, meaty Rhone reds--truly old-school--but I'm often loathe to buy blind because too many of the wines out there are solidly made but generic, lacking the sometimes strange, dirty, savory aspects of flavor that I go crazy for. Lirac is always on my radar, and the wines from Domaine des Carabiniers are doing everything right. Everything is certified Biodynamic at this family owned estate, where vineyards are similar to neighboring Chateauneuf-du-Pape, being more layers of big flat rocks than actual soil. This is a rustic, gamy style with aromas of violets, smoked meat, leather, and grilled rosemary/thyme around a generous core of blackberry and raspberry fruit. It is dark and well-structured, and deserves to be paired with venison, herbed lamb, or a beefy, rare steak. A wine for the wild at heart.

- JON

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