The Ventoux AOC, previously known as the Côtes du Ventoux, is in the southeastern part of the Rhone Valley, on the slopes of mount Ventoux at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains. The climate is Mediterranean with plenty of sunshine to ensure adequate ripeness of the grapes. The region has a long history of wine making, stretching back to the time of Roman occupation, around 30 AD. There are more than 1,300 vineyards in the region, producing a wide variety of grapes. The wines produced are fairly high-value, meant for early consumption.
The Ventoux from Domaine Font Sarade is a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, grown on approximately 12 acres of vineyard owned by the winery. The estate also produces Vacqueryas and Côtes du Rhone wines, for which they are fairly well known. Their Ventoux is a charming wine, perfect for summer fare. At an average bottle price of $14.99 per bottle pre-discount this is a good value.
My tasting note:
Fleshy, fruity nose with black cherry, anise and dried herb hints. Medium-bodied with moderate acidity and supple tannin – good balance. Lush, dark fruit palate with tarry, rustic notes. Smooth. Moderate length – quaffable. Drinking well now – not for aging. Good value.