La Vieille Ferme Vin Rouge, Ventoux AC, France 1

La Vieille Ferme Vin Rouge, Ventoux AC, France

The Wine of the Week
 by  Annette Tomei

2012 La Vieille Ferme, Vin Rouge, Ventoux AC, Rhône Valley, France

La Vieille Ferme – “The Old Farmhouse” – is the “value” label offered by the Perrin family of the acclaimed Château de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf de Pape. They began producing this label in 1970 in order to bring a well-made, everyday wine to a large audience, and have been quite successful – it is a very popular pour in restaurants and bars worldwide.

The vineyards for the vin rouge are located on the slopes of Mt. Ventoux in the Rhône Valley near Provence. Though the area has been producing wines since the 1st century, it did not attain official AOC appellation status until 1973. The varietals grown are the same as the Côtes du Rhône AOC and the wines are quite similar.

The 2012 La Vieille Ferme Rouge is a blend of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. The fermentation is extended for maximum extraction, and the wine is aged for 10 months in vats and large barrels (relatively neutral flavor).

Aromas of minerally dark berries and spice are followed by a bit of violet as the wine opens. These aromas carry through on the palate with a refreshing tart fruitiness and moderate tannins. For lovers of Côtes du Rhône wines looking for something in the under $10-range for weeknight dinners or casual entertaining, this is a great choice. It’s refreshing enough to enjoy on its own or with nibbles, but is can easily hold its own with a fabulous holiday roast, lasagna, or homemade pizzas, depending on your style of entertaining.

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