Volume 53: the red edition

Illustration by Anna Vu (@goodwinecrapdrawing)
Domaine de Majas
Majas Rouge
Grenache, Carignan
Roussillon, France

Majas Rouge 2021 is a cuvée of Grenache and Carignan. After being harvested by hand, the grapes are destemmed and spontaneously fermented in stainless steel before being pressed and matured in inox. Typical of southern France, the nose is reminiscent of a forest walk, full of dry wood and violets with a touch of earthiness. On the palate, blackberry, beetroot and gentle tannins with a lively acidity.

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La Sorga
Esprit Attila
Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Aramon
Languedoc, France

Esprit Attila 2019 is made with 60% Carignan (113 years old), 30% Syrah (40 years old), as well as Grenache, Merlot, and Aramon. The grapes come from Lagrasse, in the wine region of Corbières, and are grown on clay-limestone ferruginous soil. Whole bunches are macerated for 90 days before maturing in cement tanks for one year, followed by another year ageing in the bottle. The nose is very aromatic with blackcurrant and blueberry, followed by a full palate that is simultaneously concentrated and fresh.

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Vinas Mora
Débito, Marastina, Plavina, Lasin
Dalmatia, Croatia

Barbba is a co-fermentation of two white varieties, Débito and Marastina, and two red, Plavina and Lasin. The vines are comparatively young for the region, ranging from 15 to 60 years old. The grapes are macerated for less than an afternoon, and the must is fermented together in open vats before ageing for 9 months in fibreglass. This is a great all-rounder wine: fresh and light as cherry juice with plenty of character. Enjoy chilled, with dreams of the Adriatic Sea.

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