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I can't quite work out what the missing link is. For my other half, I sense there may be too much liquorice in the spice, or perhaps the 14.5% alcohol is too obvious on the palate. Maybe it just needs a little longer to develop. It was pretty acceptable the next day, even without vacuum pump and stood up to a multi-cheese board. On the plus side, it has a screw cap!
Popping the cork (without a bloodbath, I'm pleased to report) on this Minervois La Liviniere, I didn't know quite what to expect. I was rather spoiled for good Minervois during my time on the continent, and those I've bought in the UK have tended to leave me wanting. Fortunately, this was an extremely rewarding example, voluptuous, velvety, full of ripe black fruit and with the peppery spice we need and want in a syrah based wine. The 2010 is 14% abv and Naked Angels pay £8.99, or you can buy a bottle for £11.99 with no commitment.
After the first few sips, my cheeks gained their familiar florid glow, my cockles were warmed, and it was on my reorder list. This is the kind of wine that welcomes you home after a long walk on a sunny but chilly day. The wine notes on site say it'd match a Rogan Josh curry. I'm not sure I'd make that pairing but it definitely passed the food test and will be appearing again soon.