TASTING NOTE: 2008 Greener Planet Shiraz-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon
I would like to dedicate this post to my friend Hannah. She is crazy, and I love her, and we laugh a lot and have great fun together. This post would not have happened without her—we were having a girls’ night last week & she suggested we crack open a bottle of organic wine, and of course I couldn’t refuse. It is a 2008 Greener Planet Shiraz-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon from the south of France, and the label boasts a complete lack of pesticides, industrial fertilizers and herbicides. Even the bottle and label are made from recycled materials. Let’s see how fresh and natural it tastes!
Region: Vin de pays de l’Hérault
Breakdown: 40% Shiraz, 40% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Sight: Vibrant purple
Smell: Earth, vegetal, black cherry, blueberry
Taste: Cherry, forest floor, firm tannins, black pepper, medium-bodied
Overall: This wine was incredibly fun to taste! I can’t say I could “taste” the organic, but as far as this blend is concerned, this wine contains the best of all worlds. This young wine is robust and could benefit from being decanted if you prefer calmer tannins, but it was exciting to taste right after opening. More vegetal than fruity (although cherry is clearly present), the greenness of the flavor plays straight into the teeth-coating tannins, which add a fullness to the mouthfeel without making it too heavy. And for all its concern for saving the planet, this wine tastes like the earth itself—I got a lot of dirt, forest floor, and herbaceousness, and a little bit of black pepper to spice things up towards the finish. I would definitely drink this wine again, and maybe even pair it with a hearty beef soup.