2015 Domaine de Viranel Alicante Bouschet "Arome Sauvage" Cessenon Rouge SKU #1297384


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  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    In California, there's a bit of variety fever going on. Hip winemakers continue making more and more obscure varieties, searching for something different and exciting. Recently, I've been hearing a lot of buzz about Alicante Bouschet--a variety traditionally blended into wine for color and tannin. Typically, you can only get these if you're on the wineries mailing list or in a few select restaurants. But for those of use who are still interested in these unique wines I'm really excited to have this Alicante Bouschet from French producer Viranel. It's hyper-dark, full of smoky plum tones and earthiness. I expected it to be darker, but in fact was agile and energetic--inherently drinkable, and exceptionally tasty. And where those hip California Alicantes will set you back $40, the price on Viranel makes it a no-brainer.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Viranel has become one of our favorite producers from Saint-Chinian. This wine falls just outside of the appellation's rules because it is 100% Alicante Bouschet. For those not familiar, this is grape that was often used to bump up the density and color of many Rhone styled blends, much like Petit Verdot does for Bordeaux blends. This Alicante is old vine fruit though and stands well on its own. It is dark and dense but shows rich black fruit tones and white peppery spice. Full-bodied, packed with "Sauvage" aromas and layered with garrigue tones, this is ideal for a big plate of charcuterie or a well-marbled steak.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    This is ripe and earthy with lots of brambly dark fruit and an array of Christmas spices on the finish (ie. clove, allspice, etc...). For those of you who have never tried 100% Alicante Bouschet, this is a great introduction.


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