This is a southern Rhone blend of 70% grenache & 30% syrah from the Ventoux region of Provence. This vintage smacks with black and blue berry fruit in a New World way. There’s peppery spice and top soil undertones, but I remember former vintages being a chewy, earthy mouthful, a polarizing wine with drinkers who were looking for some fruit for balance. For that I thought made this wine a little more interesting. I liked its rustic charm and the leathery dirt and tannic weight. Vintages can be quite different . . . maybe my memory is serving me wrong? This is a young vintage and could see a few more years of cellar time.
Make no mistake: this wine is a solid table wine. Certainly versatile and approachable when pairing with food, open this wine for barbeques, grilled pork, and pizza. We decanted this for at least an hour. Served with buffalo stroganoff and egg noodles. Pair up this wine and a plate of cheese, crostini and appetizers, and you’ll be singing for your supper. The price was $15-18.