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A tribute to the town of Avignon, France, the Carmichael 2006 Sur le Pont is a Rhône-style cépage comprised of Syrah, Grenache, Viognier and Petite Sirah, sourced from a selection of Central Coast vineyards in California. This unique red blend is a Gold Medal Wine Club Special Selection and showcases its old world Mediterranean style while achieving the characteristic fruit-forward varietal style that thrives in California. Red raspberry aromas are pertinent on the nose with background notes of dried herb and earthiness, verifying that Syrah is the major player in this delicious 2007 Sur le Pont blend. Peppery notes come from the warm weather Grenache that also makes up a good portion of this red wine. In the mouth, cherry fruit and strong vanilla flavors come into play and these seemingly sweet components marry beautifully with the tannins in the finish, leaving a smooth, lingering impression long after the wine is gone. [+]