Domaine de la Colline St. Jean, Vacqueyras 2016, Rhone, France
Tasting Note: A Vacqueyras GSM blend that offers more concentration than most with solid, ripe fruit and some midpalate complexity.
Medium-intensity ruby in color, this wine has an aromatic, medium-plus-intensity nose of black plum, red currant, red cherry, strawberry, kirsch and blossom.
On the palate the dry, medium-bodied red blend delivers a cornucopia of medium-plus-intensity, red-and-black-fruit flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium acidity and slightly-grippy, medium tannin.
There is balance between the fruit and tannin character.
Light enough to sip but strong enough to enjoy with a steak if you wanted to.
A versatile Vacqueyras.
Bottle Note: Grape varietal: 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre. Tasting Note: A dense ruby/purple color as well as an impressive bouquet of black fruits, licorice, garrigue and pepper. The wine is dense, full-bodied, opulent and impressively endowed with sweet, well-integrated tannins. Pairings: Good match with red meat, white meat, game dishes in macerate sauce and cheese. To be served at 18°C.
Price: $43 (I paid $20)
Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils LTD, Winchester, Virginia
Tasting Date: April 22, 2019