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Cuvee des Oliviers

December 29, 2010

2009 Cuvee des Oliviers Domaine Massamier la Mignarde Rouge

This French red blend has a little something for everyone – it’s 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carignan, 20% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, and 10% Grenache.

At first sniff, the alcohol in this dark garnet elixir seemed somewhat overwhelming, obscuring the hints of cherry, black currant, black pepper, and dried fruit that eventually swam to the surface. The wine felt almost chalky in my mouth with the first sip, but this feeling, like the alcohol-heavy nose, dissipated as the evening wore on.

The finish was just a little bitter, and left my mouth feeling a little dried out. While this wine wasn’t the greatest standing alone, it could be improved by pairing it with food. The label calls for “weeknight meals, including sausage and peppers, flank steak fajitas, couscous with mixed vegetables, red-sauce pasta dishes, and more.” I probably wouldn’t pair it with couscous, but the other suggestions would definitely enhance the wine.

This bottle is listed by between $9 and $11.

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