Saturated, deep black-red in color with a pure, exuberant and exciting scent mingling notes of smoke, bramble, blackberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant. The flavors are joyful. There’s a fruit core of singing lyricism, both vivid and fresh without being acidulous; the wine is tannic enough to give its fruit shape and gravitas but not roughness or austerity; and it has overtones which bring light and shade to the wine via faint notes of smoke, of cleansing bitterness, of the saltiness which is such a hallmark of parts of Crozes, and of the ‘stony’ flavors which lovers of terroir wine crave. A gorgeous success.
92pts Wilfred Wong
Crozes-Hermitage has always been my go-to Rhône Valley red of the area's best values. The 2015 Cave de Tain fills the bill well. This wine offers bright red and black fruits, with a shading of baking spices. Drinks well now. (Tasted: May 15, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
Intense garnet red color with purple tints. Delicate aromas of blackberry fruits, with vanilla and light oaky notes. Rich on the palate with a good sweetness and a firm tannic structure. Final notes of fresh blackcurrant, violet and oriental spices.
Pair with herb roast poultry, cooked pork meats (especially from the Ardeche region!), or red meat.