Wednesday, October 17, 2012

La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux, 2006

Ventoux is a modest appellation, and La Vieille Ferme, at $6 to $8, is a wine to buy and drink often. I ordinarily try to drink my bottles within the first year, but if any are left over, as they often are, I don't worry because the wine is also capable of aging for at least five to seven years.

The color is a deep crimson, very bright. Deep cherry/blueberry smells with pepper, spice and garrigue. The bouquet has filled out nicely. Grenache and Syrah have blended together with the supporting cast of Carignan and Cinsault. Cherries and blueberries again on the palate--big and fruit-filled. Ripe mid-palate and finish. Much more expansive than I remember this wine from a few years ago. Could be mistaken for a Cotes du Rhone Villages.

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