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Most wines from certain regions are what you have come to expect as far as the grapes that go in them. If it is red from Bordeaux it is likely to be Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon as the major players. If it is the Rhone then Grenache and Syrah. In Tuscany, you expect there to be some Sangiovese in there setting the tone. But life is not always what you expect. This Sunday we’re pouring a couple of reds that are surprising blends for where they are from.
2013 Domaine de Mougin VDP L’ Aude $10
30% Syrah, 30% Merlot, 20% Carignan, 10% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
From the South of France where the Atlantic grapes (Merlot and Cabernet) can get blown together with the more Mediterranean ones (Grenache, Syrah and Carignan). A dark and fruit driven everyday drinking wine with enough going on so your tongue never gets bored. What Vin de Pays should always be.
2013 Nottola, Tre Pezzi $13
80% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot
A Super Tuscan with bold red fruit flavors blended with soft tannins that linger through the long velvety finish. Aged for 6 to 8 months in French oak. No Sangiovese here, just big full wine.