Today’s Quick Sip is the 2012 Nostre Pais Costieres de Nimes red blend from Rhone wine-grower Michel Gassier. Michel also makes a delicious, value-driven Grenache Blanc-led white blend on the ‘Nostre Pais’ label that continues to be one of my personal favorites. Both the red and white blend hail from Costieres de Nimes; which is the most southerly appellation of the Rhone wine-growing region in southeastern France. While this appellation is often overlooked, expect the same great value and high QPR (quality-price ratio) red blends that you would find in southern Rhone regions such as Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas or Vacqueyras.
If robust and rich red wines with character appeal to you, then I highly recommend this enjoyable blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, and the rest equal parts Carignan and Cinsault. You can find this wine and other great deals over at Cork Exclusive where free shipping is included on any three or more bottles of wine or spirits. For further information, please see my tasting notes below.
|Michel Gassier 2012 Nostre Pais Red|
Review: Michel Gassier 2012 Nostre Pais Red (SRP $23): This robust and savory Grenache-based blend displays a beautiful deep color. Inviting aromas of dark berry fruit, dried cherries, tea rose, fennel seeds and spicy oak are mirrored on the palate. In the mouth, this wine offers a medium-to-full bodied texture that builds through the mid-palate, with lifted, well-balanced acids, finishing up medium-long with dusty, slightly drying tannins. It will pair nicely with a variety of hearty autumn dishes and is quite pleasing on its own – especially with a fireplace or fire pit nearby. Though great to drink now, it should benefit from short-term cellaring. Approximately 800 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France. Other info: ABV 15%, matured 6 months in French oak barrels, cork enclosure. Rating: 90 Points.
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