It's still sunny. Still hot. To take advantage of this, here are three red wines with character and a high “picolability” index. Perfect for prolonging the summer.
Drink less. Drink better.
Domaine des Huards, Envol 2020, Cheverny, France $21.45 – SAQ code 12748278 – 12% – 1 .4 g/L – Organic
The Franco-Quebecois duo at the helm of this organic estate located in the Loire offers us here a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir and Gamay bursting with fruit with notes of cherry and gooseberry as well as a herbaceous touch. The mouth is both lively and greedy. It's silky, very dry and very light. It is served chilled by the pool or as an aperitif with sausage or other cold cuts.
Lamoresca, Nerocapitano 2021, Sicily, Italy $29.95 – SAQ code 14993832 – 12% – 1.8 g/L – Organic
Filippo Rizzo and his wife, Nancy, built this small farm with their own hands, located in the southernmost corner of the province of Catania, between Mount Etna and Gela on the south coast, at around 450 meters above sea level. The farm covers just over ten hectares, of which only four are vines. And advice to lovers of natural wines with an overrated reputation: Filippo worked for a long time with the winemaker and “guru” of natural products, Frank Cornelissen. We also feel a similar profile in this 100% frappato: a fairly explosive nose of cherry, ash and camphor. On the palate, it is full of fruit with a light side and an energetic acidity well integrated into the wine. It evolves quickly in the glass with, after a few hours, peanut notes. In short, a tasty wine with immediate pleasure that you will drink quickly.
La Croix Gratiot, Le Chant des Dolia 2019, VDP, Hérault, France $42.25 – SAQ code 14941899 – 14% – 2.2 g/L – Organic ( not certified)
I recently spoke highly of the picpoul vinified by Yves Ricôme and his daughter Anaïs, one of the best in the region. Well, rebelote, as the French cousins say, with this captivating red made roughly from one-third Syrah, one-third Mourvèdre and one-third Grenache. Nice intensity on the nose with complex tones of blackberry, plum, graphite, spice and violet. The palate is juicy with a full structure resulting in velvety tannins. Everything remains surprisingly airy, long and irresistibly charming. A wine not to be missed!
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★★★ Very Good
More stars than dollars : well worth its price.
As many stars as dollars: worth its price.
Fewer stars than dollars: the wine is expensive.