Saturday, February 21, 2015

Triennes Saint Auguste
Triennes Saint Auguste 2010
Provence, France

Well, it's fracking cold and gross here, so I reached for a big bold red to help keep me warm. Big reds might not be what come to mind when you think about Provence, but think again! Yes, rosé may be king, but the reds deserve a place in the royal entourage, too.

The Saint Auguste is the flagship red wine of Triennes. It's a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, and like all of their wines, grown with sustainable viticulture practices.

Review: This wine has a gorgeous nose -- ripe red and black fruits, savory game meat, graphite, and pungent black pepper. It just keeps going and going. On the palate it's dry with moderate acidity and big chalky tannins. The round body is the perfect canvas for more ripe black currant and bramble, minerals and wet earth, and black pepper and licorice.

This is a lovely wine. I adore the complexity and interplay of the fruit, earth, and spice. The texture is round and giving, but still rich and mouthfilling.

Food Pairing: Perfect with a cassoulet!

Bottom Line: Yum. This wine has everything I want in an everyday red. I dig it.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2010
  • PLACE: IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée) Var 
  • GRAPES: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • BOOZE: 13.5%
  • AGEING: 12 months in French oak
  • CELLAR: Drink now through 2020

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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