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I recently perused the wine racks of my local liquor store.  I cannot recall the last time I stopped by for I am usually dismayed by the selection and prices.  However, there is typically some off-beat wine and this time it was the 2008 Domaine Riad Jamil, Carignan from Morocco.  I quickly calculated that at $22 per bottle it was worth the experience.  It turned out to be a perfectly acceptable wine offering peak drinking.  I did think the fruit a touch soft and the smoke a bit overt but it left the impression of being from a different land, which is what I wanted.  It is expensive given the choice of wines at the price point but it is worth it just to try a Moroccan wine.  This wine was purchased at the Montgomery County Liquor Store in Silver Spring.


2008 Les Celliers de Meknes, Domaine Riad Jamil, Carignan, Beni M’Tir – $22
Imported by Volubilis Imports.  This wine is 100% old-vine Carignan which was whole cluster carbonic maceration then aged for six months in a mixture of new and used French oak barrels.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose was lightly smokey with black fruit. The mouth followed the nose with watering acidity.  The fruit was a little soft but there was a moderate structure to keep it together.  There were fine, ripe tannins.  The flavors turned blacker and smokier with air.  A little wood box flavor came out.  * Now-2015.


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