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Sub-$10 Bargain Buy: The Lowest Price in the Country on a Perennial Favorite Rhône Red - 02/05/2018 - Rhone Valley

Among our favorite red values and at the lowest price in the market, the 2013 Château Pesquié "Terrasses" is an outstanding bottle of juice that any wine lover is sure to adore. Hailing from the southern Rhône appellation of Ventoux, this versatile red wears its strong Mediterranean influence on its sleeve. Offering a melange of dark red and black fruits, garrigue, and Provencal herbs, it essentially has everything one looks for in a classic southern French red. One of the characteristics that strikes us the most about the "Terrasses" is its consistent quality from one vintage to the next. How a wine that is so affordably priced can offer such balance, refinement, and pure drinking pleasure is nothing short of remarkable. Those who have enjoyed previous vintages, will definitely want to load up here. What we have in stock constitutes the last of the vintage, so quick action will be needed to secure your bottles. If you are searching for an affordable house red, this 2013 is a super smart buy.

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2013 Château Pesquié "Terrasses" Ventoux (Elsewhere $14) ($9.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Ventoux Terrasses offer gorgeous garrigue, white pepper, underbrush and sweet berry fruit to go with a forward, seamless, elegant style on the palate. Year in and year out this cuvee is an incredible value and a no brainer that readers need to buy. (JD)" (01/2015)

Wine Spectator: "Engaging, with a briary note up front, followed by sappy plum, kirsch and blackberry fruit flavors lined with anise and tobacco details. An anise edge hangs on the finish. (JM)" (10/2014)

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 29, 2017

Ventoux is one of those appellations that often confuses many a wine-enthusiast. Most don't know where it is or what it's about. The region sits on the southeastern end of the Rhone appellation just below Mont Ventoux. It is to the east of Gigondas and south of all the other Cotes du Rhone appellations. This oversized region has a diversity of microclimates and soil types that heavily influence the individual estates of the region and are less affected by vintage variation. Pesquie sits above 300 meters between the Mediterranean to the south and the Alps just to the north. Mont Ventoux is part of the pre-alps and is the largest mountain in the region. This confluence of mountain and Mediterranean is what makes the terroir and wines of Pesquie so special. The wine itself is a beauty of brambly black fruit, Indian spices, toasty tobacco and grilled meat. This little savory wonder captures the essence of Ventoux with its cooler climate flavors emboldened by the warm Mediterranean afternoons. A spectacular rendition from the Rhone.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 28, 2017

While the last vintage was delicious, it was a bit heavy-handed on the baked fruit. This 2013 feels much more balanced and a touch greener, with surprisingly bright acid and a hit of Provencal herbs. The fruit shows as more vivid blackberry, but retains the classic dark plum flavors and structure of previous releases. A perfect BBQ wine that still has enough brooding sophistication to impress dinner guests, Château Pesquié "Terrasses" is a value-priced summer staple to pair with meals well into cooler seasons as well.

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2017

The nose points towards savory characteristics: bloody, charcoal, charcuterie. A perfect pairing for a murder mystery. Dark and brooding, on the palate there are plenty of black fruits with a slightly sweet undertone. This is exactly the kind of wine I really like and will totally end up taking home on a Tuesday.