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in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day fifty-eight (Val de L’Ours Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2008)

Languedoc RegionTonight’s wine is Val de L’Ours Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah 2008 from the Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) winery. Val de L’Ours, according to the back label, translates into (Valley of the Bear). This wine, also according to the back label,  is from the “mythical Languedoc Region” in France, and it is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah.

This has a deep nose that parallels the depth of the dark, dark ruby color. The nose also comes with plums and dark cherries. There is also some earthiness down there. And something sweet like a pie or a spring afternoon near a lake. And now it’s getting flowery.

 

A Faun by Hungarian painter Pál Szinyei Merse

A Faun by Hungarian painter Pál Szinyei Merse

 

I’m getting images of a mythical faun playing a pan flute.

Let’s get to the drinking of this not so mythical wine that is already making me drool.

This has lots of alcohol. And it’s definitely an old world Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. That means it’s thiner than a new world Cab and Syrah. I much prefer the bigger new world versions.

It definitely tastes like a $9 wine, which is ok.

It has a lingering taste of a very young wine. This needs some bread and cheese. It needs olive oil and balsamic vinegar. An 18-year-old balsamic vinegar from F’Olivers.

It also needs a few more years in the bottle.

Overall, I’d say 87 points.

Remember, my point scale is comparative. So I rate this in comparison to other wines that wine raters, such as Wine Spectator,  have rated 87 points.//


1 Response to “in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day fifty-eight (Val de L’Ours Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2008)”


  1. July 7, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this article and
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