Saturday, August 13, 2011

Chateau de Riviere

Slightly out of the area the other day and there was a wine store across the street from my appointment.  It's great fun exploring a brand new store simply because one sees things that are new and different from those in one's the usual haunts.

One wine I had not seen before was Chateau de Riviere, a Chinon from the 2009 vintage.  We tossed a veal chop on the grill, fixed a small salad and some fresh corn and pulled the cork.  Light purple/red in the glass and Beaujolais like in its depth of color.  Fresh aromas of sweet red cherries, a little earth and a tiny bit of spice.  Light and pleasant on the tongue with a good acid attack up front.  Flavors were full of light fruit, but despite the lightness they were full flavors.  Good tannin on the side of the tongue and a surprisingly long finish that ended with an earthy feel to it.  Nicely balanced wine and a great summer red.  Perfect match with the veal chop which had been marinated in olive oil, rosemary, garlic and lemon zest prior to being grilled.  

12.5% alcohol and $13.50

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