Arnoux & Fils – 2009 Jean-Marie Arnoux Vacqueyras

Are you drawn in completely by massive, sexy reds?  If you are, this has your name on it.  This delicious wine starts drawing you in with its deep, dark hue – it looks particularly rich because this is an unfiltered, unfined wine.  The legs are long and beg you to sip.  The aromas are bold and rich with a cassis and graphite, and hints of bittersweet chocolate and florals are also there.  My first sip was amazing – the lush mouth feel, the dark berry flavors, the earthy tones and complexity – all combined for an amazing experience.  I will admit to reading another review of this wine that described the finish as “smoldering”, and when I read that word I could not have said it better myself.  It was long, and smoldering, and completely intoxicating.  The blend on this wine is 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre.  It went so very well with a perfectly seared filet mignon and roasted, herbed asparagus.  Do try it, and see if you agree.

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