Domaine de Montvac ‘Arabesqué’ Côte du Rhône 2008

The other night my husband and I headed out to Wheatfields, a local restaurant known for it’s fresh, homemade pasta. I excitedly selected the ricotta gnocchi with basil, fresh mozzarella and a light tomato sauce, while my husband stayed true to his English and Scottish roots and enjoyed fish and chips [I think the only non-Italian offering on the menu].  We chose a bottle of Domaine de Montvac ‘Arabesqué’ Côte du Rhône 2008 in hopes it would be able to pleasantly accompany our dissimilar dinners. The Montvac estate has been passed from mother to daughter for 4 generations and is headed by owner and winemaker Cecile Dusserre. Cecile strives to have minimum intervention during the entire wine making process in order to put the focus on the magnificent terroir of the vineyards. Her respect for the soil and environment is reflected in the winery being entirely gravity fed and organic.
 
Cranberry garnet in colour, aromas of lush summer forest and black pepper swirled about in my glass. Blackberry and raisin-plum flavours abounded, whilst a cleansing astringent note swiftly opened up to a rich, tart black cherry element in the medium body. Silky black tea tannins ushered in spicy black pepper notes that merged with smoky tobacco and stony minerals in the lengthy finish. Refined and earthy, this is an elegant, easy drinking glass that lovingly embraces a meal.

 
70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvѐdre
Vacqueyras
France
Mis en Bouteille au Domaine de Montvac [Estate Bottled]
14% Alcohol
$20 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2015

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