The Plantagenet's were the first truly armigerous royal dynasty of England meaning they were entitled to strike and bear various coats of arms. The arms of this noble, later royal, family, "Gules, three lions passant guardant", termed colloquially "the arms of England" were first adopted by King Richard the Lionheart (1189 - 1199), son of King Henry ll of England (1154 - 1189), son of Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113/17 - 1151). These Three Lions signified royalty, history, power and a code of conduct that was instantly recognized wherever they were displayed.
Dense dark cherry aromatics and full bloom fresh rose on the nose. The palate is vibrant and fresh with elegant ripe firm tannin, good acidity and potential for development. A core of black cherry, sour cherry and ripe fresh raspberry with forest floor notes, along with fresh acidity gives the fruit great lift, an excellent value pinot noir and little brother to the Normand.
2018 Review: Good value. Good wine. Spiced cherry flavours, red and black, charge through the palate in convincing style. It's varietal, clearly so, yet it has good meat on its bones. Drink by: 2024; Date Tasted: Dec 2018; Price: $25.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 93 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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