The 2011 Cotes du Roussillon Bayonette is the kind of blend California winemaker David Phinney seems to like: grenache, syrah and cariganane.
The wine is actually made in the town of Maury in the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
The hand-picked grapes are pressed, and the wine is left in stainless steel so the fruit is the star.
There is an elegant ripeness here, and a really complementing acidity, with tannins evident but not bitter.
I find that the aromas of black fruits and cedar lead to a dense and evident medium-bodied personality. It has gorgeous depth of fruit, taking one on a path to flavors of jammy red and black raspberries, cherries and blackberries.
The combination of tannins, alcohol, acid and flavor makes me think this can age another few years but waiting is not at all necessary.
Quite a value at $15 a bottle, it can be sourced from Vanguard Wines in Columbus.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.