Archive for March, 2011

2008 le Mas des Flauzières

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This was the other half of the case along with the Kumeu River I reviewed a while back. It’s a Côtes du Ventoux, which is part of the Rhône Valley, and is their La Réserve du Péreyras offering which is estate bottled at 12.5% ABV. I was slightly surprised to find that the wine comes with a screw top, but that’s increasingly common for wines that aren’t meant for long-term aging, even from more traditional wine producing regions.

This is a classic Côtes du Rhône style wine. I would have guessed it’s a blend of syrah and grenache, but according to the estate’s web site they grow syrah and cinsault. It’s fairly light bodied and fairly dry on the nose, while the palette is tart, fruity, and medium-dry. There are notes of strawberry, blackberry, and pomegranate, with a long finish that’s slightly herbal and grassy. I’ve had it with a few different meals and the best pairing was unsurprisingly steak, though other red meat dishes also work well. While this isn’t a classic wine to cellar for decades, it’s drinkable and complex at a young age, representing a modern take on a classic French style. 90 points.

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2009 Altovinum Evodia

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I’ve seen this wine around in a few stores, and I think I even bought a bottle a year or so ago. I got this one from Whole Foods for $8 or $9 a few weeks ago. It’s 100% grenache from Spain and comes in a bottle with a very modern, design-y label. One other thing to note is that the wine is a somewhat high 15% alcohol by volume.

The Evodia is rather full-bodied and jammy for a grenache, though the nose is light and floral like most other grenaches I’ve had. Perhaps owing to the high alcohol content, it’s fairly dry and astringent. There’s definitely some blackberry, cherry, and plum, with a little pepper and even a hint of vanilla on the finish. It’s not the most complex wine ever, and probably wouldn’t improve that much with age, but it’s a pleasant and approachable wine that’s great on its own or with strongly flavored foods like pizza or tapas. 86 points.

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