Mas de Gourgonnier 2014 Les Baux de Provence ($18.99)

Mas de Gourgonnier

This Provence red is made with organically grown grapes, with Grenache dominant in a blend with Syrah, Carignan and an unexpected splash of Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a medium-dense reddish-purple color, clear at the edge. A good, ripe scent of fresh raspberries signals its Grenache component, but there’s a lot more going on here, too. A faint but intriguing hint of fresh basil hides shyly behind the red fruit, and shows up again in a flavor that’s bright and clean, shaped by fresh but not excessive acidity that lasts into a long finish with raspberries and soft tannins. A reasonable 13% alcohol doesn’t war with food. U.S. importer: Vintner Select, Mason, Ohio. (Oct. 6, 2016)

FOOD MATCH: It was a good match with a rich mushroom risotto, but it finds its natural home with steaks and burgers or grilled chicken.

WHEN TO DRINK: It should keep for a few years on its side at cool temperature, but I like to drink up Provence wines in this happy, easy style within three or four years of the vintage, then look for newer models.

I paid a fair bit above’s $15 U.S. average retail, so if you can find a better price online or locally, go for it. Still, it’s a good value under $20 and a fine value under $15.

There’s a good summary of Mas de Gourgonnier and its wines at this importer’s link.

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