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Prieure de Montezargues Tavel Rose 2011

Rosé from Tavel, Rhone, France
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Winemaker Notes

In the glass, Prieure de Montezargues Tavel Rose is a pretty pale pink with violet glints. The nose is intense with notes of grapefruit, pear and red fruits: cherry and raspberry. A crisp mouth; round, full bodied, a nice balance and a velvety feel. The finish is long with hints of peach and red fruit.

Blend: 55% Grenaches (red and white), 30%, Cinsault, 13% Clairette, 2% Others (Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Bourboulenc)

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RP 92
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A blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, and the rest the white grape Clairette, the 2011 Rose can fill a small room with its aromas of raspberries, spring flowers, roasted herbs and strawberries. A gorgeously dry, medium to full-bodied rose, it is a fabulous foil for hot, humid weather, Chinese dishes, or even sushi and a brilliant example of just what terrific quality is available from a top estate in this region. Prieure de Montezargues is one of only about 30 independent growers in the large (over 2,000-acre) appellation of Tavel, where most of the production is dominated by cooperatives.

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Prieure de Montezargues

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Prieure de Montezargues, , France - Rhone
Prieure de Montezargues
Near Tavel, concealed by a forest of Holm oaks and Scots pine, and protected from the Mistral by the Montagne Noire ("Black Mountain"), Montezargues Priory quietly ripens its grapes on sandy slopes that run down to Pujaut Pond.

Eight varieties flourish in the Provencal sunshine: Grenache Noir and Grenache Blanc, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Clairette and Bourboulenc.

Ribera del Duero

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Ribera red wines are made from Spain's indigenous grape, Tempranillo. The wines have balanced acidity with generous fruit character. Carefully made to underscore the purest expression of Tempranillo, Ribera wines have spice, dark fruit and smoky flavors that enhave anything off the grill. They are unequivocally food-friendly wines.

Ribera’s main grape variety, Tempranillo, locally know as Tinto Fino, is perfectly suited to the extreme climate of the region, where it must survive scorching summers and frigid winters. Low yields resulting from conscientious tending to old vines planted in Ribera’s diverse soils types, give Ribera wines a distinctive depth and complexity not found in other Tempranillos. Rich and full-bodied, Ribera del Duero wines pair well with roast meats and aged cheeses.

Ribera del Duero is located in Spain’s Castilla y León region, just a 2-hour drive north of Madrid. While winemaking in this area goes back more than 2000 years, it was in the 1980s that 9 wineries applied for and were granted Denominación de Origen (D.O.) status. Today, more than 300 wineries call Ribera del Duero home, including some of Spain’s most iconic names.

Other Red Blends

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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 create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. 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.

PIN314707_2011 Item# 117593

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