Choose Your Own Adventure
Pick this pack only if you have a backpack and sense of adventure. It’s four bottles of red wine of varying styles, made with grapes of which you’re likely unfamiliar, from three countries spanning the Old and New World. Put on your hiking boots and explore the signature blend of the Cotes-du-Rhone in France: Grenache, Syrah, and Mouvedre (all grown organically!). Then head to the Langhe hills of Piemonte, where you can compare and contrast the styles of the region’s two main grapes – Barbera and Nebbiolo. Finally, fly to the other side of the globe and brace yourself for a Bordeaux-like blend from below the equator – Montes Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere. Traverse these tasty tipples in any order you like, over the course of days or hours, ideally with similarly intrepid and venturesome friends.
About the wines
REGION: Italy | Piedmont
GRAPES: 100% Barbera
TASTING NOTE: Medium-bodied red wine that is robust with rich, ripe red fruit on the nose and an elegant palate.
FOOD PAIRING: Pairs well with chicken, mushrooms, pork and grilled or roasted red meats.
REGION: Italy / Piedmont / Langhe
GRAPES: 100% Nebbiolo
TASTING NOTE: Intense complexity and elegance with hints of black fruit, plums, and violet. Pleasant impact, ample and balanced with silky tannins. It is highly pleasing and long lasting. It is well balanced at 2 years old and could easily age for 8-10 years.
FOOD PAIRING: First courses, red and white meat, medium-ripe cheese
REGION: Chile | Colchagua Valley
GRAPES: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carmenère
TASTING NOTE: An expressive, perfumed nose featuring aromas of fresh red and black fruits, along with warm notes of red peppers, nutmeg, tobacco, and coffee. The palate is balanced with crisp, juicy fruit. The tannins are perfectly rounded and lend structure and volume to the wine’s long finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Highly recommended with stir-fried beef, pork chops, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, and lamb chops with Cabernet-mushroom sauce.
91 Points – James Suckling (May 2021)
REGION: France | Rhône Valley | Châteauneuf-du-Pape
GRAPES: 60% Grenache Noir, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
TASTING NOTE: On the nose it delivers red berry fruit flavors along with perfumed notes and sweet spices. The finish is very delicate and balanced. Overall, this is a medium to full-bodied wine with a very silky texture.
FOOD PAIRING: Enjoy with vegetable dishes, grilled red meats, and pasta Bolognese.
92 Points – James Suckling (February 2022)