Wine: Tessellae Old Vines Cote du Roussillon
Grapes: Grenache noir 50%, Syrah 40%, Mourvedre 10%
Producer: Domaine Lafage
Region: France> Languedoc-Roussillon>Cote du Roussillon>d’Origine Protegee
Date tasted: 7/8/15
Place tasted: I was naked… again, running around my back yard in the middle of the night dancing and celebrating the first day of the Celtic Tree Month of Holly. There were some very confused looking deer watching me but I don’t think they were particularly offended or impressed. The moon was quartered up like a cheese sandwich as the heavens swelled around it. It was a magical evening and a delightful wine. What more do you want? Plus naked.
So here’s to the Celtic Tree Month of Holly and to remembering that there is Always something to celebrate in this life. A votre sante!
Served with: A Chicken Recipe. It would be great with lamb, simple grilled red meats, and feathered game. A nice wine for going with a cheese plate or antipasto spread as well.
Appearance: Interesting high rounded formations as you swirl onto the sides of the glass with eventual thin yet pronounced fast running legs. She has a bright ruby glow about her. A svelte lovely lady of a wine in a slinky red dress.
On the snoot: Bam, there’s alcohol in there! It’s all good though; there are scents of mulled baking spices, dark fruits, and maybe just a touch of oaky vanilla as well.
Taste: Juicy with dark berries, cardamom and star anise. Supple plentiful tannins follow through into a satisfying finish that lingers lightly on the breath.
Balance: Sugars and acids balance out nicely; and along with her medium body, lively alcohol and cushy tannins she’s a well structured wine being.
Comments: Complex and spicy. Most reviewers seem to deem her extremely dry but I found she had some warmth giving her that nice
summertime juiciness… a quenching quality if you will. It’s not sweet by any stretch though so I thought I’d make that clear. Light and dry.
Rating: 4 tipsys
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