France’s Rhone Valley is sunny and hot and tends to give really big, fleshy, mouthfilling Grenache wines that don’t want or need a lot of oak. Here the cold night flowing down Mt Ventoux and more Syrah than Grenache does that and delivers a terrific freshness. The 20% Grenache shows as chunky raspberry fruit, but the blue/black, silky/creamy, slightly meaty, Syrah is the star here. A terrific red for grilled/roasted meats and savory veggies but certainly smooth enough for a warming solo sip. Impressive.
For You If: You really want a big mouthful of wine but don’t want melted jam flavors or alcoholic burn; you prefer your big, bold, reds to finish smooth and easy; you’re having grilled lamb rubbed in Provençal herbs.
Not For You If: You’re after the sense of firm acids and tannins we call “structure;” you crave the dollop of spice and vanilla that comes from aging red wine in new oak; you’re looking for “light” reds – this doesn’t feel heavy, but it’s definitely not “light”!
"Moving to the 2020s from bottle, the 2020 Ventoux Quintessence is beauty revealing assorted blackberry and black raspberry-like fruits, some obvious chalky minerality, medium to full body, and a complex bouquet of violets, flowers, and spice. I love its purity, and it's going to age for 10-15 years in cold cellars."
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