What makes full-bodied wines from southern France more interesting to me than the rich, lush reds of the new world is the acidity. It gives the wine liveliness up front and structure all the way through.
In the case of La Pinède by Domaine La Tour Vieille, the old-world acidity that entices up front is reminiscent of brambly raspberry & blueberry fruit. The wine fills out into richer notes of chocolate covered cherries, but the acid holds on. It's coating yet it tickles a little.
In addition to La Tour Vieille, we're opening a chardonnay from Mâcon Farges, Burgundy, and a merlot from the Fronsac of Bordeaux. The Bordeaux is an exceptionally good value at $25.
Saturday, February 16
3-5pm @ WWM
Perrusset Sélection Vieilles Vignes
Mâcon Farges, Burgundy, France
Domaine La Tour Vieille La Pinède
Colliourre, Roussillon, France
Grenache Noir, Carignan, Syrah, Mourvèdre
Château Haut Lariveau
Fronsac, Bordeaux, France