A total wine pick up. Vacqueyras is a French AOC in the southern Rhône region, established in 1990. Often receiving the unfortunate moniker of "a poor man's Châteauneuf-du-Pape", the wines are typically GSMs and can age nicely if produced correctly. This one is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, (the AOC requires a minimum of 50% Grenache in the wine). While you can drink the wines young, they truly begin to shine after 3-4 years. This wine seems to be peaking now. ~$17 | #totalwine #vacqueyras #GSM
On the eyes: Dull deep brick brown, slightly cloudy, peaking to slightly orange at the rim. Med stain, med tears, no gas/floc.
On the nose: Black cherry, mulberry, vinous, nice oak character, hint of petrol and pepper.
On the tongue: med+ acid, med tannin, med alcohol, med body, a bit chewy in the mouth. Bright red cherry, stewed blackberry, a hint of mulling spices, touch of oak and tar. Nice finish. — 4 years ago
If this was the first #Vacqueyras you had, you'd be spoiled. This #wine from this region would be hard to follow up for the price.
Meaty and stewed aromas. Lots of robust volume to the nose. Think Luxardo Cherries, then deeper.
Great crimson color. Clear and clean. The palate is a little big, has smooth texture and robust. Great acid and slightly tart to the cherry side.
Had this wine on its own tonight. Could picture it with spicey foods and Asian food.
Opened 1/26/16 — 4 years ago