Monday, October 27, 2014

Modest Monday - Wines Under $10: Arnoux & Fils Chapelle-St-Arnoux

Arnoux & Fils Chapelle-St-Arnoux 2011 
Ventoux, Rhone Valley, France
I don't typically choose bottles based on the labels, but this one caught my eyes. The Chapelle-St-Arnoux just looked so classy! And it was $8.99 -- clearly I had to bring it home with me.

This delightful red is made by notable producer Arnoux & Fils in the Ventoux, a sub-region of the southern Rhone Valley. It's a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault.

Review: The Chapelle-St-Arnoux has a medium ruby color and developing aromas of fresh raspberries, ripe black cherries, earth, leather, black pepper, and anise. On the palate the fresh fruit is transformed to dried berries, along with pepper and herbal notes of lavender and fennel. The tannins are grippy and a touch astringent, giving the wine a moderate body well suited to food pairings. Speaking of which...

Food Pairing: My top pick will have to be a savory stew to complement the meaty notes and toothsome texture of the wine.

Bottom Line: Quite nice, especially at the price point. I dig it.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2011
  • PLACE: Ventoux AOC  (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPES: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault
  • BOOZE: 14% 
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Wegman's
What's the damage? Low Price

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