Tasting notes, March 11, 2023: 3M’s


2019 Cap de Faugeres Rouge
$29.99 / Case Price $24
Castillon / Bordeaux / France
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
The looser soils just west of Saint-Emilion provide a very nice compromise between rich plummy fruit and minerality. With air this wine only gains complexity. 
2020 Ornellaia Le Volte
$31.99 / Case Price $26.40
Bolgheri / Tuscany / Italy
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese
Sourced from the coastal Bolgheri region of Tuscany, Le Volte is a wonderful introduction to the integrated style of Bordeaux varietals matched with the local speciality Sangiovese. 
2015 Cayrou Cahors
On Sale for $15.99
Cahors / Southwest / France
100% Malbec
Château du Cayrou organically farms roughly 35 acres of 40-year-old Malbec planted in well-draining, gravelly soils near the town of Puy l’Évèque. The proprietors seek an unadorned, transparent expression of Malbec and therefore do not use oak barrels. Instead, the hand-harvested fruit is fermented and aged in stainless steel, spending two years total in steel tanks before bottling. 
2020 Catena Tinto Historico
$23.99 / Case Price $19.20
Mendoza / Argentina
75% Malbec, 19% Bonarda, 6% Petit Verdot
Dense and brooding, the Tinto Historico is an homage to the early pioneers of grape growing and wine blending in the Mendoza region. The Bonarda adds earthiness, the Verdot color and structure to the dominant Malbec weight and concentration.
2019 Bastide Blanche Rouge
$31.99 / Case Price $26.40
Bandol / Provence / France
mostly Mourvèdre with Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault
2019 yielded powerful, still very youthful wines from the Bandol region. Bastide Blanche is typically one of the more forward styles for the genre, however, the wines are also capable of a secondary evolutionary period as the fruit recedes and the earthy, savory characteristics of the wine come to the foreground.

2019 Juan Gil
Tinto Etiqueta Plata
$17.99 / Case Price $14.40

Jumilla / Spain
100% Monastrell (Mourvedre)
This densely textured wine is sourced from the very warm southeastern corner of Spain. Rich, intense and full fruited, the GIl Tinto exudes sun baked charm.