Friday, July 22, 2011

Les Traverses de Fontanes 2009

A  relatively new production from the winemaker at Chateau La Roque, in Pic-St-Loup, Cyriaque Rozier has produced a lovely summer red.  Despite it being Cabernet Sauvignon from 40 year old vines, the wine retains a freshness and happy mouth fell more reminiscent of other varieties.  In fact, if a Cabernet drinker wants a glass the offering may fall short. 

Deep berry jam, fresh though, not the sugary, grocery-store stuff, with some fresh herbs and lots of cherry on the nose.  There is a bit a whiff of earth past that, but as fresh as can be on a sunny day without rain for two weeks.  A hint of nuttiness implying old oak, but Kermit's site, and my memory, say it is all stainless steel.  Fine, fresh tannins and acid make this a perfect red wine for chilling and cocktails.  Feel free to try this with cheese and crackers on the deck (firmer cheeses would be better) and simple grilled foods as well, including some richer fish and vegetables.  Excellent burger wine!  $12-$15.  Imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant.

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