There are approximately three other wine experiences in the past month that I should be posting about by now but procrastination grips me. My baby brother and I had a long discussion on this familial trait recently due to the fact my middle daughter had posted the final draft of her 6 week research paper seconds before the midnight deadline. She’d started writing it that afternoon. Procrastination runs deep in our family. But I would argue, and baby brother might agree, sometimes the best ideas are birthed at the last minute. Viva la Procrastination!
Anyway, as my wine experiences have grown, the wine merchant Kermit Lynch has been one I’ve come to trust when picking an new wine. They import French and Italian wines often under the producer name or selected region in an effort to express a region’s terroir. That’s how I came to drink 2014 Languedoc Rouge. It’s a blend or cuvée of 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 5% Cinsault, 5% Carignan sourced from the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
It poured dark with refreshing, ripe fruit, herbs and a subtle earthy quality. Supple and easy to drink. The winemaker, Jean-Claude Zabalia, combines grapes from across the region so you get an overall snapshot of the soils and growing areas of Languedoc. Granted, it’s only a snapshot, but a very tasty one. Cheers!