Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Wine Pick: Gerard Bertrand 2009 Banyuls

This WINE PICK of the month was written for the Luke's of Cape Cod website.

Gerard Bertrand 2009 Banyuls

February is generally the month when I drink fortified wines just because it's the coldest month of the year. I like to have a taste of something that will warm me up and lift my spirits inside my own home while it's frigid and unforgiving outside.

Banyuls is near Spain on the Mediterranean coast of southern France, and it's known for the fortified wine that bears its name. It's mostly made from the Grenache grape and fermentation is stopped before completion by the addition of distilled alcohol. This leaves a sweet, high alcohol dessert wine that's similar to Port but with its own nuances.

The 2009 Banyuls by Gerard Bertrand has aromas of salted caramel, creamed coffee, maraschino cherry and ethyl alcohol that waft up to the nose. Flavors of dark cherry, blueberry, strawberry and mocha fill up the explosive palate. And then it leaves you with a finish of raisin and pecan.

Banyuls is absolutely the best wine pairing for chocolate that you will ever find, and it's by no coincidence that it happens to be my wine pick for February. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Price: $18
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended.
(what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge by MS Walker Distribution for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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