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Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Roussillon 2014

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The backbone of the Syrah and Carignan ally perfectly with the opulent Grenache, giving a medium-bodied wine of intense black fruit flavors, redolent of mountain herbs.

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Made in a pretty, elegant style and a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Carignan, the 2014 AOP Cotes du Roussillon sports a transparent ruby color to go with perfumed notes of kirsch, spice-box, licorice and dried flowers. Juicy and lively on the palate, with medium-bodied richness, fine, savory tannin and beautiful length, it’s ideal for drinking anytime over the coming 2-3 years.
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Domaine Cabirau, France
After 27 years in the wine business, Hand Picked Selections President Dan Kravitz took the plunge and purchased 13.5 acres of vineyard land in the Roussillon! The Domaine (taking its name "Cabirau" after the name of the vineyard itself) is in the village of Maury, which will receive its own sub-appellation for Côtes du Roussillon next year. It is planted entirely to Grenache, and is comprised of 12 almost-contiguous parcels on a high stony hill just below the famed old Cathar fortress of Queribus. 10 acres are planted with 20-25 years old vines, with vines in remaining acreage averaging more than 60 years in age.
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Roussillon, France

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Although it is a region predominantly recognized for fortified, vins doux naturels (a type of sweet wine), Roussillon is also ideal for the production of dry red, white and rose wines. To encompass all the dry wines from the surrounding region that are not the vins doux naturels of Banyuls, Maury and Rivesaltes, the appellation of Côtes du Roussillon was created in 1977. It covers the eastern half of the Pyrénées-Orientales (the eastern side of the Pyrenees Mountains) and lower lands of Roussillon. Côtes du Roussillon includes complex soils of schist, limestone, gneiss and granite and climatic conditions that support many grape varieties.

Côtes du Roussillon red wines are blends made from Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and smaller amounts of Carignan, Cinsault and the lesser known, Lledoner Pelut. Rosé wines come from the same varieties, as well as may include Grenache Gris and Macabeo. White wines from Côtes du Roussillon are Grenache Blanc and Macabeo with small amounts of Marsanne, Roussanne and Rolle (aka Vermentino).

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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