Costieres de Nimes, 2016. Gallician Cuvee Tradition

Costieres de Nimes, 2016. Gallician Cuvee Tradition

Item #: V0617R1IF
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Costieres de Nimes
Vineyard/Appellation: Costieres de Nimes AOC, France
Color: Dark Ruby, Magenta
Nose: Blueberry, Blackberry
Palate: Fresh, Spicy
Finish: Juicy, Satisfying
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2021/Red Meat, Poultry,Feathered Game/Alcohol: 13.5%

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For 65 years, the La Cave de Gallician winery has catered to a group of 50 local winegrowers who collectively farm over 2,000 acres in the heart of the Costieres de Nimes, which is the southernmost appellationin France's Rhone Valley. Most of the vineyards are planted on low-lying hills and plateaus where arid conditions and low-nutrient,free-draining soils force the roots to dig deep in search of water and nutrients. This typically produces lower yields, higher quality fruit, and ultimately, better wines.

Case in point, this 2016 Cuvee Tradition is a blend of pristine, perfectly ripened Syrah (45%), Grenache (40%), and Mourvedre (15%). It was fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottled without coming in contact with so much as a splinter of oak. The result is an exercise in purity and freshness, accented by subtle notions of smoke, whitepepper, and flowering thyme, aromas of sun-warmed plums and berries spring from the glass. The entry and mid-palate are plush and silky, while a light dusting of tannins and lively acidity provide definition, shape, and a lingering finish.

Aside from being a smile-provoking, refreshing summer quaff, this exuberant blend happens to be an extremely versatile food wine, too. While it's elegant enough to share the table with poultry and vegetarian preparations, it offers plenty of heft to stand proudly with simply-prepared game and leaner red meats. It is also--given its freshfruit profile and spicy personality--uniquely qualified to accompany Asia-inspired cuisine, most notably Tandoori chicken, fivespice duck, and soy-glazed barbecued pork.

We love this wine. It is a celebration of summer, an unequivocal crowd pleaser, and a ridiculously good value.

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