An unoaked red wine made with the use of carbonic maceration - a fermentation method which allows for an especially fruit-focused yet entirely dry result. Add to that lively red fruit character and delicate spices and you have a wine that is very accessible. A fantastic vintage.
Looking for a fruit-forward wine that will charm your taste buds?
Let me introduce you to 40ème Rugissants, Estezargues, an elaborate, carbonic maceration wine from the Rhone.
Indeed, this wine tastes like a trippy movie starring James Franco. His description might go like this:
"Dude, just imagine if Mr. Rhone Grenache was having a baby with Mr. Beaujolais Gamay. They do it all night and BOOM you get the 40ème Rugissants, Estezargue, an explosion of red berry fruit right in your face, flowers falling from the sky. Mr. Chocolate also shows up to hang with his old bud Mr. Spicy."
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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