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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Terre Rouge Tete-a-Tete 2004
Terre Rouge Tete-a-Tete 2004
(search item no. 91900)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $16.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tête-à-Tête is Terre Rouge's fun, easy drinking assemblage of Mediterranean varietals (in 2004 -58% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 17% Syrah). They blend it with current drinkability in mind, for drinking both at home and as a restaurant pour. This wine is generally put together from younger vines and more forward tasting barrel lots.

2004 was a year where most of Terre Rouge's Rhône varietal lots excelled. It was an earlier harvest pushed forward by a light crop level with intensely flavored fruit. Therefore, this wine drinks better than most Côtes-du-Rhône Villages bottlings: sappy, spicy, fabulous flavor, and great texture. The 2004 is an eminently enjoyable everyday bottle. It has a deep boysenberry fruit suggestions, smoky/meaty/gamey complex flavor components that emphasize Terre Rouge's terroir, and a lengthy finish.

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About Domaine de la Terre Rouge:

Terre Rouge is located in California on the West Slope of the Sierra Nevada in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley. The wines are made from vineyards in four Sierra Foothill counties: Placer, El Dorado, Amador, and Calaveras. They also source fruit from one vineyard site in the soon-to-be new Clements appellation.

Terre Rouge's style emphasizes deep color, balanced flavors, full middle palate, and a long finish, with power and finesse. These wines gain complexity with age. Their goal has been to make the finest wines possible from the region - wines that transcend time and place and can be placed on the table with the best wines of the world.

President and Winemaker Bill Easton has been in the wine trade for over 30 years, not only as a winemaker, but also as a wine retailer, importer, and vineyard consultant. He has been handcrafting Terre Rouge Wines since the mid-1980's. Bill brings his well-honed palate to the table each time he makes one of our wines. He has an uncanny ability to create wines that express both power and finesse. He is not satisfied by making wines that are just well extracted, but strives to craft wines of nuance and complexity.