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Pierre Ménard 'Orion Alpha' Anjou Rouge
In the glass, the 2018 Orion Alpha has that deep garnet-black Cabernet Franc hue, with hints of magenta and pink at the rim. The aromas are, as I suggested above, that perfect mingling of bass/treble notes I look for in the best Cabernet Franc wines: scents of blackcurrant, boysenberry, and violet are complemented by notes of green tobacco leaf, black pepper, and eucalyptus—but not too much! The magic of this wine is that melding of ripe, sweet purple fruit with those savory, spicy, “greener” notes. It is medium-bodied and full of tension, with a deep, schist-y minerality lending grip and savor to the mid-palate—overall, it has the texture and aromatics-first personality of great red Burgundy, albeit with a darker flavor profile. SommSelect.com
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