2010 Domaine Sainte Rose Mourvèdre-Petit Verdot "Les Derniers Cépages" IGP Côtes de Thongue (Previously $15)
From Domaine Sainte Rose in the Languedoc region of France comes this unusual and hearty red. Les Derniers Cépages (the last/latest varieties) is a unique blend of two late-ripening red grape varieties, Mourvedre and Petit Verdot. In the Languedoc, Mourvedre is known to be the last variety to bud and ripen, as Petit Verdot is in Bordeaux. In fact, in Bordeaux many producers have abandoned Petit Verdot because it only fully ripens in the warmest vintages. Both these varieties are enjoying something of a resurgence in warmer growing areas like the Languedoc and the excellent climate conditions during the 2009 vintage produced clean, concentrated, high-quality fruit. The wine's deep opaque purple/black hue is matched by ripe black cherry notes, with hints of rosemary and licorice on the nose. The palate reveals wild raspberry and spicy and black fruit flavors that are complemented by good structure, medium tannins and a long, generous finish. Enjoy with heartier grilled or braised meat dishes. 14% abv.