Have I mentioned lately how much I love my new area? This Memorial Day my husband and I took our dog Rooster to a local park where we enjoyed walking the wooded trails and a picnic beside the Chestatee River. The sound of the rushing water, warm sun and a gentle breeze made for the perfect day. Spending it with my two favorite guys (my husband and dog) made it even better.
This week I’m preparing for my trip to Seattle and then onto Penticton, British Columbia for the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference. There I’ll sample so many wines I’ll never keep them all straight and I certainly will only be able to cover a handful of them. My original intent for this week’s post was to go through several wines I’ve tasted over the last few months. However my paying gig reared its mean and dreadfully ugly head leaving me to work 10-11 hour days. So, I’ll put those wines on the back burner to be covered at another time.
Domaine de Chateaumar Syrah Cuvee Vincent 2009
Made from 100% Cotes du Rhone Syrah the inky dark purple color and aromas of plum, cherry and soft vanilla prepare you for a wonderful experience. Flavors of black cherry, black currant and a long earthy finish with hints of leather. The wine is medium bodied with firm tannins and just the right amount of acidity. A very nice wine at a nice price of just $10.99 found at a local wine and liquor store.
Only 550 cases were made of the 2009 vintage. Aged for 8 months in concrete tanks (85%) and 15% aged in one year old French oak barrels from Allier.
Generations of father and son have worked Domaine de Chateaumar and now father and son Jean-Felix and Frederic Souret oversee the vineyards and winery. Using sustainable farming methods the vineyards are chemical free and soil is turned several times a year allowing natural aeration and vitality. The estate includes 25 acres of AOC Cotes du Rhone, on stony clay-limestone soil and 12 acres AOC Chateauneuf du Pape. Both representing two of the great wine regions in France.
Sorry this is so short but I’m a little short on time this week. I head to ATL on Sunday and fly out on Monday. I’m not looking forward to leaving my husband and fur/feather babies behind for 11 days and I’m dreading the 5.5 hour flight to Seattle. I’m tall with long legs so I’m good for about 2 hours before I want to have a Taebo session with the seat in front of me. Maybe I can use part of that time to knock out some coverage on some of those wines.