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cote masI love it when a wine makes sense. This screams contemporary south of France, ripe but rustic. Some euro funk with wild herbal notes, fennel, smoke, and a whiff of road dust help keep the exuberant fruit in check. In the mouth its ripe, juicy and stout, full of blackberry bramble with a mineral seam and firm, medium-grain tannins. The finish is  mid-length, the texture a bit unyielding, tough enough to get down and dirty with the “delta boys”. A hint of aggression underneath a big smile.

A rustic wine but with lots of life and personality for 7 bucks.

A blend of Grenache noir 45%, Carignan 25%, Cinsault 15%, Merlot 10%, Syrah 5 % aged in stainless steel for months.

You don’t want music that robs this wine of its heart. Steve Earle’s Copperhead hits the right emotional pitch– a quintessential alt country tune for a quintessential alt country wine.

Score: 88

Price: $7

Alc: 13.5%