Abbott’s and Delaunay Alto Stratus 2014
- Rated 4 stars
- Reviewed by: Treve Ring
- Published on: September 18, 2017
- Last modified: September 18, 2017
I love Carignan. And so do the folks at Abbott's & Delaunay, who have declassified this 100% Carignan to a Vin de France because Languedoc appellation laws do not allow for a 100% 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 shrubland soils. 60% whole bunch, this rested nine months with the split 60% in oak (30% 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. The finish is a bit coarse and drying, crying out for roasted goose or pork.