If this is a raspberry, it’s a slightly dusty purple raspberry rather than the showier red type. A very peppery nose prevents intense grapiness from being cloying. Classic raspberry jam flavors come through in the mouth but, again, with an overlay of black pepper and an absence of upright, perky acidity. Though not a nouveau, still a light-styled wine: peppery spice and acidity come through more on the short finish than tannic astringency. A good balancing wine for something with equal mellowed-zip, like jalepeno-laden tomato sauce with lots of dried herbs.

WHO: Joseph Drouhin
WHAT: Gamay
WHERE: Beaujolais, France
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $15

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Erika Szymanski studies wine science dissemination at the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. She holds Masters degrees in both microbiology and English rhetoric and composition and wants, someday, to help improve the structures through which scientists communicate with each other, industry, and the world. Erika was named 2012 Louis Roederer Emerging Wine Writer of the Year for her work on Palate Press.

  • http://wineoscope.wordpress.com Erika Szymanski

    Just a note that the price here should be $15, not $25.

  • http://palatepress.com Ryan Reichert

    Got the price corrected Erika! Thanks for the catch.