From the Southern Rhone comes this blend of Grenache 50%, Syrah 40% and Mourvedre 10%. It will hopefully go well with my braised Lamb shanks. The wine is medium ruby in color with quite a full-on nose of red raspberry, baking spice, pepper, blueberry compote, game, oak-derived vanilla and blackberry- quite an array of complexity from the three varietals. The palate is dry with dusty tannins, medium to full body and high alcohol (15.5% ABV). Red and black fruit interlaced with spice, pepper and oak make for a yummy flavor profile that is quite earthy, gamy and austere. The tannins are nicely integrated yet still showing plenty of grip, especially on the back end but balanced with medium acidity. The finish is medium in length with the astringency lasting a lot longer. I like this rustic wine- 91 points worth and for $25 it gets 5 stars. Drink till 2028 with hearty stews, braises or a hunk of meat on the grill. Salut….
Chateau Juvenal Ventoux ‘La Terre du Petit Homme’ 2016, Rhone, France
03 Sunday Apr 2022