Monday, July 23, 2018

Altitude 500 Ventoux, 2015

I have enjoyed this Ventoux for many years but am disappointed by this bottle from 2015 (a very good vintage). It just doesn't have the warm, friendly personality that I expect from a Ventoux. I don't think it has been aged in barriques, but it does have a much higher alcoholic content than in the past: 15.5%. That gives it a big, burly quality--not something that I appreciate.

The peppery/spicy Grenache/Syrah fruit is there but under a veneer. I can't really drink very much of this wine without feeling palate fatigue. I prefer the Cuvee des Trois Messes Basses.

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