Vacqueyras is a tiny, relatively new AOC in the Southern Rhone sandwiched between the famed regions of Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas. It's here that a Seattle couple fell in love with the region and decided to purchase the estate, which was in disrepair. With help from 5th generation winemakers working in Beaumes-de-Venise, Chateau d'Arlene is being given new life through organic and biodynamic farming and minimal intervention winemaking. This vintage is for us a very beautiful expression of Syrah: a generous bouquet of wild black fruits-- blackberries and blackcurrants-- with earthy, foresty notes. On the finish, leathery notes appear on the palate, a beautiful sign of a wine with age.
We love it with… 🍂 🍗 :pumpkin:
Grape: 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah
Region: Vacqueyras, France
Vinification: No chemicals or pesticides; practicing organic and transitioning biodynamic; 65-70 year old vines; de-stemmed and placed by gravity into concrete tanks; cold pre-fermentation maceration for 48 to 72 hours; always spontaneous fermentation without the addition of yeasts or enzymes.