Nick Thompson has been owner of Domaine de l`Ameillaud for over 15 years and has achieved quite a few accolades. Tom S. in his Wines of Alsace is a big fan of this estate.
WTN: `05 Cairanne, Domaine de l`Ameillaud.
Opened 2 hours, not decanted. Good natural cork, 14% alc, $18 Cdn. Blend is 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Carignan.
C. Deep ruby w. nice purple tones on a wide rim. Medium intense centre, looks inviting.
N. Oak, spice, cherry with a hint of blackberry after 3 hrs. Think this is closed down somewhat..or should I grab a Riedel?!
P. Initial thought is smooth, soft, silky..a reflection of the vintage? Good fruit balance, fair example of cairanne. Ripe and precis, clean fruits mid-palate. Excellent structure with blackberry and cherry, no heat and drinks nicely already. Might be hard to find however but try looking!!