A Wine Lover’s Near Weekly Review Of $15 Wine – An Organic Red Blend Signed France

Today’s wine is an organic offering that comes from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southeastern France. This winery was founded in 1993 by a winegrower and a trade union official. Their 44 hectare (about 110 acre) vineyard is situated about 15 kilometers (some 10 miles) southwest of Perpignon, between the sea and the mountains. Unfortunately their website is French language only but they do provide detailed wine data sheets. If you are lucky enough to be in the neighborhood stop by the Abbaye de Saint-Martin du Canigou Romanesque monastery built in 1007. The site is ultra-spectacular and you may not want to look down. Or you can visit the Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa Cloister that predates the nearby Abbaye by more than a century. The companion wine is made from Austria’s most widely planted red, a crossing of two fairly unknown grapes that came in at two/thirds the price.

OUR WINE REVIEW POLICY All wines that we taste and review were purchased at the full retail price.

Wine Reviewed
Domaine Ferrer-Ribiere Tradition 2007 Cotes du Roussillon AOC 13.5 % alcohol about $15.

Let’s start by quoting the marketing materials. “Description : Winner of a Silver Medal at the 2009 Concours des Grands Vins de France de Macon. This wine, made with organically grown grapes, is a blend of 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Carignan and 10% Mourvedre. Raspberry, blackberry, garrigue and cedar aromas and flavors all come to the front. Match it to organic beef or lamb. Our Quality Assurance Laboratory has determined that this wine contains 18 mg/L of free sulphur.” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine provided dark plums and soft tannins. Japanese rice crackers increased its acidity, but the Wasabi peas softened the wine. My initial meal centered on broiled beef ribs. The drink had great length and offered some chocolate. In the face of potato salad with pickles this libation provided a tinge of sweetness and some oak. It was round. It exuded chocolate upon pairing with eggplant and mushrooms. I finished the meat with a generous dousing of Louisiana hot sauce and our L-R red was somewhat sweet. Its prime feature was dark cherries.

The next meal consisted of no cheese ground beef lasagna made with spicy salsa. This wine provided dark cherries and chocolate. I got lots of tannins but they were under control and accompanied well the zesty food. Dessert was bittersweet chocolate that weakened the liquid, which was oaky with dark cherries.

My final meal featured baked Ziti Siciliano accompanied by a generous portion of grated Parmesan cheese. The libation responded with cedar and berries. It was rather thin, albeit fairly long. Fresh strawberries rendered this drink dark but flabby; it lacked enough acidity. The other dessert was a tasty Ferro-Rocher hazelnut candy. Now the wine became mouthfilling with dark cherries and pleasant sweetness.

Final verdict. If I drank only organic wine I would probably buy this one again. But since I am an eclectic I will pass, even if some of the pairings were quite favorable.

Levi Reiss authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, but prefers drinking fine wine with the right foods and people. He teaches computers at an Ontario French-language community college. His global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com features a weekly review of $10 wines. Visit his Italian travel website www.travelitalytravel.com

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Comments are closed.