Fontaine du Clos Vacqueyras Reflets de l'ame 2013
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|Region||France, Rhone, Vacqueyras|
|Brand||Fontaine du Clos|
Brilliant ruby-red. Wild, highly perfumed scents of raspberry, lavender and blood orange are lifted by mineral and white pepper nuances. Sweet and smooth in the mouth, offering complex, expansive flavors of red berries and candied flowers. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins, a building floral note and strong persistence. This graceful wine comes off as Pinot-like and should be approachable soon after release.
A perennial value is the 2013 Vacqueyras Reflets de l'Ame, which in 2013 is a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Syrah; it was partially destemmed and aged 80% in concrete tank and 20% in one- to six-year-old barrels. Charming, ripe, fruit forward and medium-bodied, it has classic and Provencal notes of garrigue, earthy black cherries and a kiss of leather on the nose. It's another wine from this estate that makes the most of the vintage and should drink well for 5-8 years.