Grand Noir, or more specifically Grand Noir de la Calmette, is a cross of Petit Bouschet and Aramon Noir that dates back to 1855. It is often found in Sonoma interspersed in old-vine vineyards, but on the Dommen Ranch property planted in the 1930s, there are two small blocks of the variety. Carlisle bottled a mere 192 cases of this varietally designated wine for the first time in this 2011, although it includes about 10% juice of other mixed grapes from the property. From the winery: "Dark ruby-garnet. An intriguing woodsy nose of pine forest, sandalwood, and spice. Smells more savory than fruity. The wine glides smoothly over the palate with spice and black pepper flavors emerging on the pleasantly tannic finish. Overall, I am reminded of a rustic but satisfying Languedoc red, appropriate since Grand Noir’s birthplace was near Montpellier in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. Enjoy this very age-worthy wine from 2015 through 2024."
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