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Domaine Les Terrasses d’Eole Ventoux 2011 [3 760135 900039]


Recommendation: A GREAT Rhone red at a FANTASTIC price.

Winery/Producer: Domaine Les Terrasses d’Eole; Mazan, France.

Grape Variety: Blend: Grenache, Syrah and Carignan.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Cotes du Ventoux, Southern Rhône, France.

Vintage: 2011

Price: $10.40 (with a 20% discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Leftover roast lamb, ratatouille, garlic rosemary roasted potatoes.

Tasting:

    He said: Very slightly opaque, very dark ruby red color. Intense barn-yard and dark fruit aromas. Strong, dry, dusty tart blackberry taste with lots of spice. And, a wonderful “full-body” flavor and very slightly bitter long finish. This is a double WOW Rhone wine. From the first sniff through the end of the rich FULL flavor finish it is OUTSTANDING. And, at $10.40 it’s a jumping up and down VALUE PACKED BARGAIN. I put this into the category of a GREAT Rhone red at a FANTASTIC price.

    She said: I never suspected that this wine came out of the bargain bin at the Caviste when I drank it with dinner. It had a fabulous aroma, full flavor, medium body and long dry tart finish. Yum! My only concern was with a bit of harshness but the complexity of the flavor overrode that issue. At $10 it is a bargain wine but I doubt many people will be able to fine it especially at this low price.

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Alcohol: 14.5%