This wine from the Val d'Orbieu group is a traditional southern French blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan. The aromas are of tree bark and spice; they aren't too lush but they are pleasant and fresh. Tart cherry and spice runs the palate before a mild, smooth finish. Taste it and you'll agree that it's the prototypical bistro wine, one that is light and easy. —M.S.
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Spanish and South American Editor
Reviews wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain.
Michael Schachner is a New York-based journalist specializing in wine, food and travel. His articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast,
where he is a longstanding contributing editor responsible for South America and Spain. Schachner reviews more than 2,000 wines annually for WE
and regularly travels to Chile, Argentina and Spain to keep abreast of the constantly changing global wine map.