Mas de Cadenet - 2013 Provence Rouge
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Inside the bottle: This little savory southern French beast is 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. There is something about southern French Syrah, particularly in areas that lie south of Avignon. This wine exhibits those qualities: Intensely vibrant and exotic bramble, wild and spicy dark berry fruit and a southern French summer cooking. I know that may be hard to follow if you've not experienced the merits of Syrah from this part of the world but if you haven't this is a good place to start! The Grenache brings elevated red fruit notes and charm, while the Cabernet may be the tie that binds it all, giving it a focussed suave appeal. Again, this wine is ideal for southern French cooking, a la ratatouille, garlic dishes, braised meats, wood grilled meats, you name it, it works!
Terroir: Limestone for days! On top of that ancient limestone slab rests beautiful orangish-red (Iron for days!) clay that is decorated with shiny, stark-white limestone pebbles and round river rocks. As mentioned above, the nighttime air keeps this place cold and fresh, while the days are long and rich with direct sun that is kept in check by a constant wind from the Alps.