Vacqueyras, Rhone Valley, France
50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
A layered, medium-bodied red with lots of depth and complexity. Dark, rustic, and ashen with integrated tannin, it has blackberry and currant on the palate and a smoky note too. Earthiness is present but there’s a hint of oak and a layer of juniper and dried herbs too. It’s great right out of the bottle and on its own or with a simple cheese and charcuterie plate, or put it with smoked meat, beef stew, truffles, potatoes, or peppers.