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Lassalle, 2011 Pinot Noir Reserve, Pays d’Oc, France

This affordable Pinot Noir from the south of France features aromas that evoke the earthy scents of Burgundy. The palate however brims with ripe, juicy fruits that are more in line with new world wines. Ripe black cherry and faint cola notes abound in this light to medium-bodied red. With time the wine develops some lingering earthiness in the palate and finish.

Rating: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

Olga Raffault, 2010 Chinon AC, “Les Picasses” France

The nose has a unique funkiness that’s as explicit as a Lil Wayne album.  Unpleasant sulfur-like aromas meld with scents of tart dried cherry and some riper cherry kirsh notes. This is a medium to full bodied red that’s firmly textured and loaded with strong tea-like tannins that ride shotgun over the suppressed fruit flavors. This too had subtle vegetal bell pepper notes that detracted from its appeal. It did get noticeably better when paired with a peppered, smoked turkey breast. $25

Rating: 2.0 Stars (2.0 / 5)