Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Two French Roosters: Simplicity Tastes Good

La Vieille Ferme Rouge 2004
Appellation: Côtes du Ventoux in the Rhône Valley, France
Serve 17 C/62 F (cellar temperature, cool to touch)

Grape Varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault

Love the deep cherry colour. It has a fragrant aroma of cooked cherry, berry, spice and a smoky oak. The nose follows through on the palate with cooked cherry and plum, black licorice and spice. This flavourful, medium-bodied red is a good everyday drinker, but I recommend decanting to mellow it, as it’s a bit sharp at first.

This wine comes adorned with a simple, country-inspired label with two roosters. La Vieille Ferme has been making wines since 1974, with vineyards on the picturesque Mont Ventoux slopes. Wouldn’t mind being there…

Drink it alone or with grilled meats, roast, tomato pasta dishes, even mild coconut curry chicken and veggies.


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