April 13, 2005
Routas 2000 Coteaux Varois Infernet Grenache-Syrah
(Imported by Routas USA, Sausalito, CA; about $12)
Want a taste of Provence for $12? Here it is, in a bottle. From the wooded interior of the region, this mixes floral notes of lavendar and herbal notes like rosemary with cherry-sweet grenache fruit and syrah’s darker, earthier pleasures. It’s the sort of wine that can be as at home with a rack of lamb chops as a simple burger — and it’s affordable enough to keep bottles on hand for both.
This recommendation first appeared in the Denver Post.