Mile High's Wine of the Week: October 4th
Domaine Lafage Cuvee Nicolas Grenache 2014
Regular Price: $16.99
Sale Price: $12.99
Sale End: 10/7/2018
Score: 92 Points Robert Parker
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Old Vine Grenache, whether it comes from Chateauneuf du Pape or the Priorat or even Paso Robles, makes some of the most interesting wine in the whole world. It is capable of delivering unmatched levels of both intensity and elegance creating wines that are so compelling to drink that they simply cannot be ignored. This week we have an impossibly good, 92 Point bottle of Grenache from Jean Marc Lafage in the South of France. Glorious scents of mid-summer wildflowers, toasted graham crackers, Oolong tea, and warm baking spices drift lazily from the glass to greet you as soon as you go in for that first telltale swirl and sniff setting the stage for good things to come. The palate is pure, clean, and unencumbered with the kind of deeply complex flavor profile that simply cannot be achieved by sourcing fruit from younger vines. Striking notes of crushed red cherries, black currant preserves, and kirsch liqueur deliver the kind of lifted feeling you get when you bite into a perfect ripe berry just plucked from the vine. Then, as the wine moves on to the finish, the dual sensations of warm peppery spice, a hallmark of great Grenache, and schist-laden earth fade ever-so-slowly like a far-off sailboat mast crossing over the horizon. Or, to put it more succinctly, if you like Red wine and you don’t buy this one then you are wrong. ;)
Food Pairing:15% alcohol on the label would lead you to believe that the 2014 Cuvee Nicolas Grenache would be best suited to pairing with really hearty meals. And yet, the wine manages to feel utterly symmetrical and balanced. As such, I recommend a lighter food pairing for it. Start a pan with some diced onions, garlic, and crumbled Italian sausage and saute everything until the sausage browns up and gets crispy. Then add a can of rinsed cannellini beans and enough homemade chicken stock to cover everything. Simmer it with the lid off for a half hour or so until the stock reduces and the beans get creamy and then serve it with a drizzle of good olive oil and a hunk of crusty bread. Heaven!
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