AG Pick: Domaine La Lorentine 2005

Châteauneuf-du-Pape may be the first place that comes to mind when you think of wine produced in the south of France, yet it is just one of more than ten appellations in the Southern Rhône wine region.  Domaine la Lorentine comes from Lirac, the appellation that shares its eastern border with Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Though close proximity can mean a world of difference in taste, this red wine has a lot in common with its neighbors.  The family who in 2003 purchased the vineyards in Lirac has been producing wines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape using the same techniques for many years.  Domaine la Lorentine is also made with three of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s most common red wine varietals: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

With its blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre, the 2005 Domaine la Lorentine is a well-balanced, medium to full-bodied mix of ripe fruit, earth and spice.

Deep magenta red in color, the wine has aromas of red and black fruits and smoke.  On the palate are flavors of ripe cherry, blackberry, plum and cassis that are rounded out by notes of dark chocolate, tobacco and black pepper.  The layered notes culminate in a lingering warm and round finish.  The wine is smooth and elegant with gentle tannins that give the wine a nice mouthfeel.

Pair the Domaine la Lorentine with lamb, roasted and grilled steak, hearty chicken and pork dishes and wild game meats.

A bottle of the Domaine la Lorentine 2005 costs $21.99.

14% alcohol by volume