La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rouge 2009
Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault grapes has produced a typical Rhône Valley style; full of fruit and spice aromas, it has soft tannins and
"The 2009 La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux red, which, like the white is aged totally in tank, is composed of 50% Grenache and the rest other grapes such as Carignan, Cinsault, and Syrah. It offers copious aromas of cherry fruit intermixed with peppery, spicy garrigue notes. A surprisingly flavorful, easygoing red, it provides tremendous relief to the beleaguered consumer looking for good quality at the $10 price point."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby. Lively red fruits and spices on the nose and in the mouth. Light-bodied and a bit jammy but shows good energy and clarity. Finishes clean and brisk, with lingering bitterness and a touch of cracked pepper. Given its production level and price, this wine's quality is most impressive. It's also available pretty much everywhere."
International Wine Cellar
Nice table wine. Not heavy, not too light. Took first taste after an Irish cheese and was worried about the quality. Second tast followed a garlic hummus and totally changed the flavor. Pair it with meat, garlic roasted anything. For the price twist the top and have it again tomorrow.
dry red with a slight aftertaste.
This is a wine I've bought quite often to enjoy before or with dinner. It is so versitile - smooth, not too heavy, and pairs well with many foods. A friend of mine, who lived in France for many years, and has a very sophisticated palate for food and wine, had a glass at my house one evening. He inquired about the wine and said it was quite good - and was surprised to learn that it was priced under 8 dollars a bottle. I wasn't sure if he was being kind, until I saw that he recommended this to another friend as the red wine to serve at their wedding!
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Learn About La Vieille Ferme Map It
Jean Pierre Perrin established La Vieille Ferme over 35 years
ago, when he chose to produce an inexpensive, straightforward
Rhone wine to sell by direct mail to French wine lovers.
He used the same grape varieties in similar proportions
to those planted at the family's Chateau de Beaucastel, in a
similar vinification process. The result was an immediate success
in France, a...
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Learn About Other Rhône
Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
Learn About Rhone Red Blends
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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