2020 Domaine Ozil Gourmandise Rouge - Ardeche, France (750ml)
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This hard core natural wine is a blend of 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache from the Ardeche, just to the west of the Northern Rhone, the mecca of Syrah. However, unlike a typical, deep, dark brooding Northern Rhone Syrah, Domaine Ozil coaxes the light, fresh juicy elements of the grape by fermenting whole clusters via carbonic maceration, the technique used for Beaujolais Nouveau. It sees no oak at all and is bottled unfined, unfiltered with zero added sulfur. Light-to-medium bodied with wild red and black berry flavors, a hint of pink peppercorn and rosemary, as well as a funky, kombucha note on the juicy, low tannin finish. This 'glou glou' sipper pairs well with nice aged Cantal or Roquefort or a chestnut chicken soup.