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Domaine de Fondreche Cotes du Ventoux Persia 2015

Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Ventoux, Rhone, France
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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Syrah-dominated cuvee is the 2015 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee Persia (there’s always a splash of Mourvèdre). Aged in foudre, its saturated purple color is followed by terrific notes of blackberries, wild herbs, pepper, violets and campfire. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured and seamless, drink this Hermitage-like beauty anytime over the coming decade or more as well.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Enticing, with lots of ripe blackberry and boysenberry compote flavors, laced with brambly grip and backed by lively anise and tobacco hints. Gently toasted, letting the fruit win out. Drink now through 2019.
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Domaine de Fondreche

Domaine de Fondreche

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Domaine de Fondreche, Cotes du Ventoux, Rhone, France
Domaine Fondrèche is situated on the picturesque foothills of Mount Ventoux in the village of Mazan. Young winemaker Sébastien Vincenti, a protégé of André Brunel, is without a doubt the leader in quality in this southern Rhone appellation. The 35 ha of vineyards at Fondrèche are cropped to produce nearly half the yields of his neighbors, making Sébastien's wines deeply textured and intensely fruited.

Cotes du Ventoux

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Stretching across the slopes of the Ventoux mountain in the southeastern region of the Rhône River Valley, Cotes du Ventoux excels in the production of spicy and characterful red blends based on Grenache, Syrah, and other indigenous varieties. The region also produces rich and aromatic whites and rosés.

Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, red Rhône blends originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley. Grenache, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre typically form the base of the blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. With some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in Priorat, Washington, Australia and California.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit and a plush texture. Syrah supplies dark fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy and earthy notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume and earthy flavor as well as structure and a healthy dose of color. New World examples tend to be fruit-forward in style, while those from the Old World will often have more earth, structure and herbal components on top of ripe red and blue fruit.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. These can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes, playing equally well with beef, pork, lamb or game. Braised beef cheeks, grilled steak or sausages, roasted pork and squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the red Rhône blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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