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nextSectionThe 2013 Rosé is a gorgeous and vibrant pink color with streaks of salmon and fushia edges. Wild strawberry and watermelon aromas are interwoven with Herbs de Provence, citrus and mineral notes. These same flavors carry through to the palate where they intensify with a surprisingly broad and plush mouth feel that concludes with snappy acidity. Winemaker's goal was to create a tug-of-war of flavors between red fruit and savory notes, allowing the red fruit to just barely win out. This year Syrah dominates the blend again, but with important supporting roles of other Rhone varieties. Syrah (86%), Cinsault (6%), Grenache (4%), Counoise (2%), Mourvedre (2%) .
nextSectionWith its delicate flavors, lamb is a great choice for this lighter style of Syrah. Try Lamb Shawarma or Gyros or, if you’re preparing it yourself, play with your spice rack to magnify the natural flavors in Syrah of allspice, clove, and mint. (Vegetarian option: brined and grilled eggplant)
nextSectionA structured Rosé featuring a spicy bouquet with hints of strawberries and melon. On the palate it is dry, rich, and pleasantly peppery, with a well balanced acidity giving way to a smooth finish.
nextSectionLoire Valley Cabernet Francs are staples at Parisian bistros and naturally pair with bistro classics such as roast chicken or steak frites.
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Vincent and Stephanie Boyer's domaine in Visan contains great historical reference in winemaking and European feudalism. The building in which Vincent's family resides is surrounded by old mourvèdre vines and fig and cherry trees. It is a fortified farmhouse that was built by Templar knights in the middle ages. The Templars were an order of Christian crusaders who achieved great wealth and prominence in commerce throughout Christendom in the 12th and 13th centuries and established many farms and vineyards. The Bastide property became Benedictine, then a Dominican monastery and continued to grow grapes for wine. They live in this historical place with Vincent's mother and their two mischievous little girls. Vincent took over his father’s winemaking legacy and Vincent and Stephanie, also a trained oenologist, carry forward the domaine with energy, innovation and focus. The vineyard is stronger than ever. Vincent hopes to make the farm fully organic in the near future. The 2013 is a blend of 1/3 Cinsault, 1/3 Grenache, 1/3 Syrah from clay and limestone rich soils. Extracted using both saignée method and gentle press. Fermented and rested in tank. *All Estate Fruit*
nextSectionBursting with watermelon this classic Rhône Rosé will have you dreaming of summer orchards and fat, ripe fresh off the tree fruit. Refreshing acidity plays well against the floral, berry palate.
nextSectionGreat for summer salads with herbs, poached chicken and light cheeses.
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At least that's what they call me down at the bodega. It also happens to describe two of the wines I took home with me on a recent wine haul. If you're anything like me, you like a spicy red; but most wines of that nature are medium-bodied, with little to no finish. But the Conde de Valdemar "reserva" rioja (D. O. C.), whose tasting notes have all the usual suspects you'd expect of a rioja, coats the palate with a beautiful, silky finish. Continue reading...