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la ferme du montInky and dense in the glass, this big vibrant nose has delineated aromas of dusty earth, truffle, crushed rock and pepper ruling over the blueberry with great intensity and exuberance.

A medium plus torso with smoke and black olive flavors up front and licorice on the back end, it flashes flesh on the intro but turns firm and sinewy, as the slightly angular tannins kick in. Roguish and a little fiery, this wine exudes a sort of wiry virility. The oak stays in the background.

Grenache is dominant with Syrah added for structure, color and spice, this muscular wine is typical of Gigondas, great presence and attitude with no concession to “smooth”. It will age well for 10-15 years.

This is a relatively new negociant located in Valreas near Avignon in operation since 2007. This wine is produced using biodynamic methods.

Score: 92

Price: $30

Alc: 14%

For fiery and sinewy, here’s a great version of Crossroads by Clapton:

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