Olga Raffault, Chinon Les Picasses 2011, Loire, France
Tasting Note: A Chinon with weight, sturdiness and backbone that could stand up to backyard grilling.
Deep ruby in color this aromatic cabernet franc has a nose of a violet, black plum, raspberry and red currant topped off with aromas of cedar and forest floor.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus bodied Chinon displays restrained red and black flavors that are at once fully developed without being overly ripe.
There is some mid-palate complexity and roundness that completes with hints of chalk on the finish.
Cedar is more prominent on the nose than the palate.
Importer: Louis/Dressner Selections LDM Wines, Inc., New York, New York
Tasting Date: August 4, 2016