I enjoyed a shared bottle of this very sexy, very complex, very lingering red last night at a new Wine Bar in town. It’s hard to describe so I will let the experts do so below. I’m a red guy all the way. While I do adore a buttery Chardonnay and a very dry white—a deep red with slow fingers gets me going every time. Try it. You’ll be glad you did!
Sub-Region: Côtes du Ventoux
Grape Varietal: Syrah
Review Score: 88WS*
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%
Dense purple color with spices, eucalyptus, and leather on the nose. Soft and elegant notes of garrigue and eucalyptus on the palate with a long finish. Pairs well with stuffed poultry, wild boar stew, and soft cheeses.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (RP91)—A vintage the estate is excited about as they loved the quality of the Syrah (don’t forget that Ventoux is quite a ways from the Rhone Valley and have their own climate), the 2014 Ventoux la Quintessence is 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache aged in a combination of new, once and twice used barrels. Medium-bodied, pure and elegant, with lots of pepper, flowers, cassis and a touch of vanilla aromas and flavors, it needs a touch more polish to its tannin, but it’s a beautiful Syrah that will keep for a decade.
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