2014 Domaine du Trapadis, Rasteau
I picked up this bottle of wine at the my new local wineshop, the Princeton Corkscrew. Back in Durham, Wine Authorities was my go to local wineshop, and I didn’t realize just how comfortable I was shopping there until I moved and had to find a new wine shop in Princeton. The layout of the Princeton Corkscrew is different than I’m used to. Walking into a wine shop and feeling a little bit lost is never a fun feeling. Additionally, I’m used to having a little description of each wine available to read, so that I can get try new things that might be similar to what I know I already like. The Princeton Corkscrew didn’t have that, and it added to feeling of being lost. However, the people working in the shop were very welcoming, and the wine I bought was fantastic, so I will definitely keep shopping there.
This bottle comes from the Rasteau region, in Southern Rhone, France. Historically, red wine from this region was sold under the Cote du Rhone Villages label. Less than a decade ago, it was given its own region designation. The region is known for Grenache grape variety, and this wine is a blend that’s predominantly Grenache. This particular vineyard in Rasteau grows its grapes organically. Just as there are benefits to eating organic fruits and vegetables, there are benefits to drinking organic wine. A big part of the subtleties of wine comes from the soil that the grapes are grown in, so when wine grapes are grown in soil without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, you get more of the unaltered taste of the region in the wine.
This wine was typical of a Southern Rhone wine, in a good way. When I poured a glass, I first smelled mellow notes of dark and red berries; dark cherries, raspberries, and pomegranate. There was also a subtle floral note and a subtle leather note. No one single scent overpowered the others, they all blended together to create a nice, mellow scent. The taste mirrored the smell. It’s a smooth, medium-bodied red. Cherries and a subtle violet taste hit my palate first, with a touch of oak and leather on the backend. Not too bright, not too rough, not too bold, and not too delicate. It was a very pleasing, easy-drinking wine. I paired it with butternut squash ravioli. The wine paired well with my pasta, but would probably pair even better with pork or lamb. This is a great wine to serve at a dinner party, it’s easy for a lot of people with varying tastes to enjoy.