Reddish-purple, fading to a clear garnet edge. Abundant fruit on the nose, but gone is the old “banana” or “artificial strawberry” aroma – a characteristic of its commercial yeast – that used to be an identifying marker for Duboeuf. It’s still fruity to be sure, but this is fresh, natural fruit, strawberries and raspberries and a whiff of raspberry liqueur. The aromas give a sweet impression, but the wine is nearly dry, with good fresh-fruit acidity to hold it in balance. Red fruit and crisp acidity linger in a fairly long finish. 13% alcohol. U.S. importer: Quintessential LLC, Napa, Calif. (Nov. , 2017)
The winery suggests a range of grilled and barbequed meats, charcuterie, colorful salads and cheese. Its fruity, slightly sweet character made it a good partner with a spicy dish, roasted brussels sprouts, onions and garlic in a moderately fiery Korean sauce.
WHEN TO DRINK: Forget the old wisdom about finishing Nouveau before New Year’s, but its abundant fruit isn’t made to last. Don’t keep it until next year’s Nouveau comes around.
My price fell right on Wine-Searcher.com’s $11 average retail, and that price point is more than fair.
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