2008 Le Grand Noir Vin de Pays d’Oc GSM (France, Languedoc Roussillon, Vin de Pays d’Oc)

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France, Grenache, Languedoc Roussillon, Mourvedre, Red Wine, Syrah, Vin de Pays d'Oc

It’s drinkable, pleasant at most, but that’s where my positive assessment ends. This wine could be really good…Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre from the Languedoc. The right grapes, the right part of the world to grow them. Yet, this tasted incredibly spoofed. The fruit was overblown and showed the typical fake violet flavors. Acidity was low and coarse, as though the wine had been artificially acidified. Mid-palate hollow and finish unremarkable. This has won multiple Gold Medals at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, which has me questioning the validity of this competition in a big way.

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