A Wine Lover’s Weekly Review Of $10 Wines – A Well-Known Red Signed The Rhone Valley

I really think this is first time I have tasted today’s well-known wine, whose winemaker is the proud producer of some fine French wines. It comes from the slopes of Mount Ventoux in the famous Cotes de Rhone region of southern France. The bottle carries the Appellation Ventoux Controlee designation, which dates back only to 1973, quite recent when you consider that the locals have been doing wine for some two thousand years. The wine was bottled in the city of Orange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose Roman theatre is said to be the most impressive in all Europe. Don’t miss their triumphal arch, also from Roman times. The wine itself is made from Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah grapes. The companion wine carries the more prestigious Cotes de Rhone appellation and costs about 50% more.

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

Wine Reviewed La Vieille Ferme 2010, 13.5% alcohol about $8.

Let’s start by quoting the marketing materials. “Tasting Note: Medium violet/ruby color; red cherry aromas with blackberry and floral notes; dry with perfumed raspberry character and a touch of spice; medium finish with light tannins. Serving Suggestion: Medium cheese, grilled chicken or roast turkey.” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was rather short with pleasant acidity and light tannins. A tomatoey chicken wings appetizer lengthened the drink, which emerged nicely balanced. Upon pairing with the barbecued chicken main dish the AVC presented dark cherries and was pleasant but not powerful. With potato salad that contained pickles this liquid sweetened and thickened.

The next meal was a box of Baked Ziti Siciliano, which I doused with grated Parmesan cheese. Now this Ventoux resident was grapey but offered good acidity, light tannins, and a touch of raspberries. The nut cake dessert imparted some strength to our wine.

My final meal centered on slow cooked beef ribs. The wine was grapey (that’s negative) with a tinge of tobacco (that’s positive, and no, I am not a smoker or an ex-smoker). The accompanying potatoes lengthened and sweetened the wine. Interestingly enough the green beans cooked in tomato sauce deepened this libation and removed the offending grapeyness. Dousing the meat with lots of Louisiana hot sauce rendered the wine spicy but thin.

Final verdict. I have absolutely no plans to purchase this wine again. The pairings were really too hit and miss. Despite the Internet offerings I had to pay $12, almost the price of the companion wine.

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, but prefers drinking fine Iwine with good company. He teaches computer classes at an Ontario French-language community college. His global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com features a weekly review of $10 wines. His Italiian  travel website is http://www.travelitalytravel.com .

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Comments are closed.