2007 Château Pesquié "Terrasses" Côtes du Ventoux
91 points Robert Parker. "The 2007 Terrasses Rouge is a custom cuvee put together for importer Eric Solomon. Made from 60-year-old Grenache and 30-year-old Syrah, one-third is aged in small barrels and the rest in foudre and tank. I'm sure discounters will offer this cuvee for around $12 a bottle, which makes it a remarkable bargain. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of cassis, kirsch, lavender, pepper, and spice. The sweetness of the tannins, abundant glycerin, razor sharp focus, and wonderful depth make for a wine that transcends its humble price and bucolic appellation. Drink 2009-2012. One of the Côtes du Ventoux's top estates, Château Pesquié has released a number of top-notch, value-priced wines into the American market." (06/09) The 2007 "Terrasses" Côtes du Ventoux combines all of the richness and exuberance of this stellar vintage with just the right dose of tangy freshness that makes me want to pour myself a second glass. Lush, black cherry and raspberry notes are complemented by a touch of sour red plum, making for a delicious and extremely food-friendly Grenache-based wine. It is one of my favorite 2007 Southern Rhônes to date. Perfect with BBQ ribs, grilled summer vegetables or a lamb tagine. (Mulan Chan-Randel, K&L Wine Merchants) 14% abv.