Picked this up at K&L on the recommendation of one of their staff members. Imported by Louis/Dressner, which is as much a mark of quality as Kermit Lynch or Thierry Thiese. This wine rules. Seriously, go out and grab every bottle that you can. This wine is also a great example of why you should go to a kick-ass wine store (like K&L), ask a few questions, and get the staff to tell you what they think is good based on what you like. There's no way that I would have picked out this wine on my own probably. $14. Domaine de la Pepiere and (Marc Olivier) is much more well known for Muscadet. There's a great post about the Domaine here, that has far more info and insight than I could ever come up with. Doesn't Marc Olivier seems like a dude that you'd want to have lunch and hang out with or something? He looks like a slightly mad genius to me.
Apparently, you aren't allowed to label red wines grown in Muscadet as Muscadet, hence the Vin de Pays designation. This wine is a blend of 50% Cab Franc, 20% Cot (or Malbec), 20% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Apparently, you can buy bottles of this wine at the Domaine for 4 Euro, or about $5, which is insane. The Cab Franc is apparent--lots of leafy violets, as well as sour, wild cherries. Lots of minerality too. Tons of acidity; this is an awesome food wine (but certainly holds its own by itself). If I have a complaint about this wine, it's maybe that the finish is a little bit short, but I sure wish that I had purchased about 12 more bottles of this. I enjoyed it a lot. A