Barry’s Pick: 2013 Sainte Croix Magneric, $23.00

Made from 48 percent old vine Carignan, 32 percent old vine Grenache and 20 percent Syrah, all hailing from the higher elevations of Corbieres, this wine is very expressive and unique to its terroir. The vines have been certified organic since 2008, and the utmost care is taken to preserve the character bestowed on the grapes from the varying soil compositions found in the vineyard. The grapes are hand harvested in 40 kilogram containers to avoid crushing, and only the yeasts found on the skins are used for fermentation. The finished product has a dark red color bordering on purple. It is very aromatic with mineral, herb, plum and a pungent grapiness that I find very attractive and enticing. On the palate, it is medium bodied with great balance of fruit and acid. The wine comes across juicy with brambly notes of spice, some tangy plum and some meat and an earthiness to top it all off. There is unfortunately only a few bottles to go around, so get this one soon before it disappears!