We don't lie when we say that this red wine from the south of France has impressed us from the very first moment. It has all the characteristics of a good natural wine. From its color, perfume and taste it nails everything. One of those bottles that go fast, with a well-integrated volatile acidity that allows for a long and satisfying drink. Joe is an Englishman transplanted to Languedoc where he farms his father-in-law's vineyards. What seemed like a simple passion has become his daily job. His wines need time to fully open up, and they are always different, depending on the trend of the vintages. Joe’s wines are pure, natural in the strictest sense of the term, totally unconventional: the reds, without being overly tannic, always have a bit of structure and body, while the whites tend to be herbaceous and structured.
this is 100% Carignan, all given a 6 day maceration whole bunch.
The basalt soils cling to the robust and organically tended grapes, inching the minerality ever-higher. The smell of drinking with an overflowing wine bar crowd on a small French side street on a moist October morning, paprika, laying asphalt, violette de Bordeaux fig sap, fallen bark in the woods, dust, salt & driving cranberry.
It's a lovely balance of intensely perfumed Carignan fruit, with a weighty depth and incredible freshness from the basalt soils.
The title comes from Bob Dylan's A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
Where the executioner's face is always well-hidden
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten
Where black is the color, where none is the number
And I'll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it