Sunday, March 4, 2018

Wine Review: Domaine La Tour Vieille Collioure La Pinède 2015

March is Languedoc-Roussillon Month on!

Domaine La Tour Vieille Collioure La Pinede 2015

This month I'm taking a tour of the Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France from the comfort of my own home! I've got ten wines from the region; six from Roussillon and four from Languedoc. As you probably know, it's been rather difficult to keep this blog going lately so these reviews will be short and sweet. As the month progresses I hope to find a format that allows me to write entertaining reviews that's unique from other writers while also not taking up entire nights. So bear with me.

Tonight my taste buds are taking a trip to the Collioure AOC of Roussillon, right on the Mediterranean coast. This is as far southeast as you can get in Roussillon, and is actually within the Banyuls AOC (Gérard Bertrand Banyuls 2013 is my pick of the month). The days are hot and dry in Coullioure, and the wind from the mountains cool the grapes at night. The red wines are allowed to use Grenache noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsaut, while the whites can use Grenache blanc and Grenache gris.

Domaine La Tour Vieille Collioure La Pinède 2015 is 75% Grenache noir and 25% Carignan. I cannot find any information on the viticulture or winemaking involved, but it does have a 14.5% ABV.

The color of the wine is ruby red. On the nose there's a little waft of leaf-burning smoke over the aromas of big juicy cherries, black olives, vanilla, and chocolate. On the palate it's medium bodied with a dense mouthfeel, structured tannin, and an acidity that stays perfectly balanced until it gives just a little salivation on the finish without getting tart. There's flavors of cherries, strawberries, and chocolate. Then it finishes hot with that structured tannin giving off flavors of leather and tea.

The 2015 La Pinède is both masculine and elegant at the same time. And although I think it could use another year in the bottle to get even better, I'm giving it a recommendation for $22. And, hey, it's still cold here so I'm envisioning this guy going really well with a nice, soul-warming pot roast.

Price: $22
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

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


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