La Tarasque Wines
2011 Old Vine Grenache
France: Côtes Du Rhône
Old World Charm
Aaron Pott has a well earned reputation around Wine Spies HQ as one of the top winemakers around. In fact, not too long ago we named him our top winemaker of the year. We’re happy to say today’s delicious La Tarasque Wines 2011 Old Vine Grenache more than lives up to these lofty expectations.
Today’s wine is a lovely blend of the Old World and New. Pleasant structure and terroir elements let you know this wine was crafted in France, yet juicy fruit flavors make Aaron’s training in Napa Valley shine through, as well.
We love Aaron’s wines, and believe that for under $20 there just isn’t a better value out there. Drink up, Operatives!
A deep scarlet through the center of the glass.
Very aromatic, with fresh fruit notes of wild strawberry, black cherry, and just-picked raspberry leaping from the glass. These notes are framed by hints of a fresh berry bramble, tobacco leaf, warm brown baking spices, and a touch of white pepper.
A very expressive and well balanced flavor profile, with baked dark cherry and blackberry pie laid overtop a touch of blood orange, cedar wood, sweet tobacco leaf, clove, anise, and a pleasing kick of white pepper spice.
With nice structure and a touch of acidity, today’s wine is an easy drinking treat, with that lovely white pepper spice lingering through the finish.
A classic French meal of Poulet à l’Estragon (Tarragon Chicken).
What the Winery Says
This is a sensual, old-vine Grenache of elegance and structure, named for the notorious beast that ravaged the medieval countryside of the Côtes du Rhône. According to legend, the dragon was a reluctant tyrant, gladly saved by the soothing hymns and prayers of Saint Martha.
- Aaron Pott
- Côtes du Rhône, France
About the Winery
My love affair with Rhône wine and thus the story behind La Tarasque begins with my first trip to France when I was 9 years old. That first night I was in Paris with my father and I ordered a glass of milk at a bistro, the waiter looked at me and said, “milk is for babies” and instead brought me a glass of wine mixed with water. This sort of odyssey of mine with wine started at that very moment.