Perrin “Nature”

Perrin "Nature"

Perrin “Nature” Côtes du Rhône is made with certified organic grapes, as the name “Nature” implies. It’s a field blend of Grenache and Syrah in undisclosed proportions. It’s very dark reddish-purple with a garnet edge. Grenache shows itself in a delicious raspberry aroma with subtle black and white pepper shyly hiding in the background. Juicy and ripe on the palate, its flavor blends red berries and dark cherries in a good but not overbearing acidic structure.

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Château Lancyre Languedoc Rosé

Château Lancyre Languedoc Rosé

A blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Cinsault, salmon-color Château Lancyre “Le Rosé” Languedoc Rosé breathes subtle scents of fresh raspberries doing an alluring dance with the mixed-herb scents of rosemary and thyme that’s called “garrigues” in Languedoc. Surprisingly full for a rosé, it fills the palate with red-berry and herbal flavors structured with gentle but ample acidity.

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Bonpas Grande Réserve des Challières Ventoux

Bonpas Ventoux

Bonpas 2019 Grande Réserve des Challières Ventoux offers the characteristic aromas and flavors of the Southern Rhône and Provence in its mix of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre grapes plus a splash of Carignan. Ripe raspberries show up first in the aroma, but juicy black plums are there too, with notes of freshly ground black pepper showing as the wine opens up in the glass.

Oddly, shows only Canadian vendors for Bonpas Grande Réserve des Challières Ventoux.

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Montepulciano: Best cheap wine?

Montepulciano vineyards in Abruzzo.

“One of my favorite wines!” My friend Meghan Levins, a local chef, jumped happily into the discussion when I posted a photo of today’s featured wine, a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, on social media. “Even the cheap stuff is awesome!”
“Exactly,” I posted back. “I’ve never seen a pricey one.”

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Bennati Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Bennati Castellano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a good, food-friendly Italian red, a bit on the rustic side, as is typical of the affordable wines of this region. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Dark reddish-purple in the glass, it offers pleasant dark cherry-berry aromas. Flavors follow the nose with blackberries and tart cherries shaped by pleasant mouth-watering acidity.

You may have a hard time finding the Castellano label. Importer Emanuele Magnani tells me it was originally designed for sale to a group of restaurants, but now is available in limited quantities in a few states. However, it’s very similar to Bennati’s Ca Brigiano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, which you’ll find at this Wine-Searcher link.

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