Friday, December 2, 2011

Domaine de Font Sane Cotes du Ventoux, 2006

Domaine de Font Sane produces one of my favorite Gigondas wines, and the estate also owns property in the nearby Cotes du Ventoux. Styled with less power than the Gigondas, the Ventoux is a wine to drink while you're waiting for the Gigondas to mature, so I usually buy at least a half case in most good vintages. This 2006 is an orphan bottle that got overlooked in the cellar, but it is still drinking beautifully.

Deep, dark crimson. Has not lightened much at all. This wine smells more tannic than La Vieille Ferme or similar Ventoux wines, and it's more tannic on the palate as well. But with a little time, it opens up to scents of dark berries, cherries, lavender and herbs. Relatively full bodied for a Ventoux; a bigger wine than most Ventoux, but not as bright and friendly. Plenty of ripe cherry fruit, though. Reminds me of a good Cairanne. Ripe and smooth on the finish. Probably at its peak right now. Drink, drink, drink.

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