With its lip-smacking, bountiful red fruit and spice, this quencher of a "thirst for tenderness" might as well come with a "Drink Me" label around its neck. Aromas remind of wildflowers and white pepper, with touches of earth and small red berries. The mouth is vibrant and fresh, with juicy persistence and lively notes of baking spices. Very, very appealing, and a QPR knockout.
"The 2008 Chinon Soif de Tendresse leads me to believe that the 2008 vintage is ideally suited to a red in this style designed as it is for maximum enjoyment and refreshment when drunk slightly cool at the earliest possible post-bottling date (not that you won’t be able to enjoy it for the next 9-12 months). Essence of fresh, juicy, tart blackberries tinged with ginger, pepper, salt, and thyme inform the nose and a palate of vibratory energy and exhilarating invigoration in the finish such as one seldom encounters in a red wine. Subtle suggestions of peat and nut oils add some mystery and richness to the finish, treble and extroverted though it is. You will find myriad occasions and uses for this."
The Wine Advocate
light red. paired nicely with pasta with mild marinara sauce.
Another reviewer wrote of a corked bottle--which happens. However, I also purchased two bottles and one was corked. Makes one wonder if there was a substantional corking problem for this winery with the '08 vintage. We enjoyed the 'good' bottle, however it wasn't terribly interesting and seemed to be falling apart.The style in which it is made means that it should mostly be drunk as a 'fresh' wine...while only an '08, it was already showing it's age--ie lack of substance. I would hesistate in buying a new vintage unless it was freshly released.
Tasted lousy - no other way to describe. Must have gone bad - smell and taste. Would not use to cook with, threw the bottle out after one taste. What a waste of money.