Sunday, July 24, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: ***+ $$ La Noblaie Les Chiens-Chiens, 2004, Chinon, France - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background: The Chinon region of France is much less well-known than many of the other French wine-producing areas,  but it is the source for some interesting red varietal wines.  Here we are trying a cabernet franc from the region.  

Original Review, June, 2008: The Loire-valley red wine, La Noblaie Les Chiens-Chiens, 2004, is 100% cabernet franc. It is dark red ruby in the glass, going almost opaque in the center.

Aromas are nice, deep, funky, old-world. There's dusty oak, and old motor oil on the floor, and pepper. On the palate, the acids and pepper are first in prominence, touching in slightly sweet on a medium-density base of very mild fruit. Something very interesting about its smokiness. Finish is clean with a wispy continuation. I'll give this three stars out of five, with a plus for its outright funkiness.

Updated review, over three years later, July, 2011:  Deep ruddy red in the glass, still almost opaque in the center.  Still something intriguing and funky on the nose - think briary red fruit with some magic garage motor oil dust.  Seems like it will be bright and tangy on the palate.  Yes, the smoky, peppery elements are still at play in the palate, and still with intriguing sweet red fruits coming along behind.  Still bright and youthful, despite being seven years from vintage date.  Holding up very nicely to aging.  Good value from an interesting region in France.

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