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2011 Chateau Routas 

Provence, France

$14-$17 Retail

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This bottling was produced at the highly regarded Chateau Routas estate in the heart of Provence, midway between the foothills of the Alps and the French Riviera. At 300 feet above sea level, the estate is composed of multiple small vineyard sites with a diverse range of soils and irregularly shaped plots clinging to the angular terrain. The blend of 56 percent cinsault, 35 percent grenache and 20 percent syrah was fermented in stainless steel. In the glass, savor aromas of strawberry, watermelon rind and hints of tart ruby grapefruit and tangerine. The dry wine offers flavors of more red berries, tart citrus flavors and a nice minerality leading to an acid-balanced finish. Drink it with Asian cuisines, barbecue, salads, boiled seafood, grilled fish, light meats and soft cheeses. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Market and Bacchanal. Drink it at: Swirl Wine Market and Bacchanal.

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