What is it? The 2017 Domaine de Bérane “Le Blaques” is a flavorful and complex Rhône blend of 70% syrah and 30% grenache from an estate-owned, organically farmed vineyard at over 1,000 feet of elevation in AOC Ventoux. ABV is 14%.
What does it taste like? The color is deep ruby with purple reflections. Perfumed aromas feature raspberries, blackberries, violets, crushed stones, and spicy garrigue. With the concentration of a great Rhône like Châteauneuf du Pape, this has fresher more food-friendly style due to the cooler, higher vineyard location. The palate balances rich red and black berry fruit with spice and fresh acidity. Serve it with herbed pork tenderloin or barbecued ribs.
Is it right for you? With concentration and bold flavor like Chateauneuf du Pape and the freshness of mountain fruit, this will appeal to fans of a wide range of styles. The quality is a knockout, and the value is outrageous. It's priced like Cotes du Rhone but comes from lower yields and offers more concentration. This is an organically grown, impeccably made bold, fresh red that's made for cuisine.
Is it ready to drink? It's drinking beautifully today. It can be a hit on your dinner table tomorrow. It also has the concentration and structure to age for at least 4 more years with good storage.