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Prieure de Montezargues Tavel Rose 2010

Rosé from Tavel, Rhone, France
  • RP91
  • WS90
  • ST90
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Winemaker Notes

A pretty pale pink with violet glints. The nose is intense with notes of grapefruit, pear and red fruits: cherry and raspberry. A nice crisp mouth; round and full bodied, with a nice balance and a velvety feel. The finish is long with hints of peach and red fruit.

Critical Acclaim

RP 91
The Wine Advocate

The 2010 Rose, which ordinarily could be expected to be starting to age slightly, is actually holding on brilliantly and showing no signs of degradation. The wine is still ripe, full-bodied, very long, with lots of kirsch, strawberry, and raspberry fruit, some loamy soil undertones and a wonderfully perfumed, flowery, garrigue-based nose. It is a classic Provencal rose.

WS 90
Wine Spectator

Superfresh, with lots of tangy cherry, cherry pit and watermelon notes and a long, stone-tinged finish. Very tasty.

ST 90
International Wine Cellar

(a blend of grenache, grenache blanc, cinsault, syrah, mourvedre, carignan, clairette and bourboulenc): Dark pink. High-pitched aromas of redcurrant and strawberry, with notes of rhubarb and dried flowers adding complexity. Spicy and focused on the palate, offering deep red berry flavors and a note of bitter cherry. The persistent, cherry-accented finish is dry and nervy. I really like this wine's blend of power and vivacity.

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Prieure de Montezargues

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Prieure de Montezargues, , France - Rhone
Prieure de Montezargues
Near Tavel, concealed by a forest of Holm oaks and Scots pine, and protected from the Mistral by the Montagne Noire ("Black Mountain"), Montezargues Priory quietly ripens its grapes on sandy slopes that run down to Pujaut Pond.

Eight varieties flourish in the Provencal sunshine: Grenache Noir and Grenache Blanc, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Clairette and Bourboulenc.

Tempranillo

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and crisp acidity...

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and refreshing acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. It is important throughout Spain as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz and is an important component of Port wines and the table wines of the Douro region that Port calls home. California, Washington, and Oregon have all had moderate success with Tempranillo, producing a riper, more fruit-forward style of wine.

In the Glass

Tempranillo is often aged in new oak for the integration of spicy, woodsy, and herbal flavors, often with hints of vanilla, coconut, and dill. The grape itself produces medium-weight reds with bright red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice, leather, and tobacco, with no shortage of flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity make it extremely food friendly, pairing with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew, or paella.

Sommelier Secret

The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a system is in place to indicate on the label how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release, which is helpful to the consumer trying to determine the style of an unfamiliar wine. Rioja can range from Joven (fresh, fruity, and unoaked) to Gran Reserva (complex and oxidized from extended barrel aging), with Crianza and Reserva in between.