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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