Domaine Roche, Cairanne 2016, Rhone, France
Tasting Note: On the border of the northern and southern Rhone lies Cairanne which sits just above Chateauneuf-du-pape.
By law, red wines from Cairanne must be a minimum of 50% grenache and at least 20% syrah and/or mourvedre.
You can definitely taste the impact of the non-grenache grapes which give this red blend heft and body.
Deep-intensity purple in color, this wine has an aromatic nose of black plum, strawberry, kirsch, raspberry and violet petal.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus-bodied red blend delivers concentrated, medium-plus-intensity flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium acidity and completing with a berry-infused, medium-plus finish.
There is midpalate complexity and a range of flavors.
Ripe fruit and lively body make this wine a delight.
Bottle Note: Domaine Roche is 20 hectares of vineyards, 50 years old. It is located in the Southern Rhone Valley, in Cairanne, on a terroir of clay-limestone. This wine is a blend of grenache and syrah.
Importer: Free Run LLC, Seattle, Washington
Tasting Date: April 27, 2019