An unoaked red wine made with the use of carbonic maceration - a fermentation method which allows for an especially fruit-focused wine yet entirely dry. Add to this, lively red fruit character and delicate spices and you have a wine that is very accessible. The character reflects the outcome of this fantastic vintage.
This wine is not your average Grenache. It is produced by Les Vignerons d’Esezargues, a cooperative that is known for producing 10 single cuvées in addition to their blends like this one, using a natural approach. It is also produced using carbonic maceration, a process generally associated with Beaujolais. This produces a wine that is bright and fruity while also being chocolatey and spicy. It’s approachable, easy-drinking Grenache at its best. A great match for your weekday dinner!
The Grenache grape (a.k.a. Grenache Noir) produces relatively pale, fruity red wines that often stop just short of sweetness. Grenache is familiar to most wine drinkers as an ingredient in the blends of the Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon, where it can add charm to varieties that are a little rougher around the edges. The distinguished Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas appellations are both...
Known as Mataro in California and Monastrell in Spain, Mourvèdre can produce bold, tannic, highly alcoholic red wines. They usually show no shortage of fruit as well, and the best examples keep it all in perfect balance. Rhône-style blends are cropping up all over the world, and one of the classic tried-and-true combinations is "GSM," or Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre. The "M" contributes focus and...
Grown all over Europe and the Americas, Carignan (a.k.a. Carignane, Carignano, and Cariñena) is seldom seen as a 100% varietal wine. Many appellations of Languedoc-Roussillon must include a certain percentage of Carignan, but it is rarely the dominant grape in these blends. For years, this naturally high-yielding grape suffered from overproduction, but New World winemakers have lately taken up...
Prestige in the north, value in the south: that’s the quick version of the Rhône story. Southern village appellations produce a dizzying stylistic range of delicious wines, while the prices for northern “trophy” bottles can be dizzyingly high. If you like smoky, leathery, earthy, macho red wines, however, the wines of the northern Rhône are well worth it. Prestigious northern Rhône appellations...
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