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Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 4.02.38 PMWhen it comes to French wine there is so much to know. I am still not very versed in all of the wines and how my palate enjoys them. I learned from going to France that I prefer Bordeaux wines over Rhone wines. I really like the Medoc and Saint-Emilion regions for wine. The southern Malbec wines were good as well.

Today’s selection, like yesterdays, is from Vinosity in Culpeper, Virginia and is the 2011 Cheval Noir Saint-Emilion from Bordeaux, France. The blend is of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. They have a website and it seems that it doesn’t matter the year they leave the same tasting notes and information doesn’t change.

Here are the tasting notes from their website:

This delicate, elegant wine is remarkable for its silky tannins and its berry fruit and cinnamon notes.

No a whole lot there. Did I get more than that?

Color – Ruby red.

Nose – Black cherry and black currants with a slight earthiness to it.

Taste – Smoke, black cherry, and raspberry.

Finish – Velvety mouth feel with medium to high acid and a medium to long finish.

Overall, I was surprised at how fruit forward this wine was for being from France. I guess I like the more earthy Bordeaux wines. It is pretty basic. It isn’t great and it isn’t terrible.

Rating: B

~Justin