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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Abbott's and Delaunay Alto Stratus
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16¼/20

Abbott's and Delaunay Alto Stratus 2014

FranceI love carignan. And so do the folks at Abbott's & Delaunay, who have declassified this 100 percent carignan to a Vin de France because Languedoc appellation laws do not allow for a 100 percent carignan. The pinnacle tier of their portfolio, Alto Stratus draws from 100-year-old vines growing at high altitudes, as well as lower Mediterranean garrigue shrub land soils. Sixty percent whole bunch, this rested nine months with the split 60 percent in oak (30 percent new) and the remainder in stainless. Worn wood, dried and fresh cherry, red currants and toasted cinnamon ride the soft, lightly plush palate, with sueded tannins to house in the generosity. Acidity is lifted, just enough to carry the density, and easily handling the 13.5 percent alcohol. The finish is a bit coarse and drying, crying out for roasted goose or pork.Tasted: 15 June 2017Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: QC 25.00 SAQ Producer: Abbott's and DelaunayUPC: 3760011571551