Medium Bodied, Easygoing
Flavors: Red berries, wild herbs, fresh acidity
Pairings: Indian takeout, burgers, grilled pork chops
Younger vines mean this blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Carignane is a fresher, more vibrant expression of these grapes’ usually hearty tendency. “It’s crushable and food friendly,” according to Spoke Wine Bar's Liz Mann. “Not without complexity, but it’s certainly easy to drink on its own.” Luscious red and purple berry fruit jump out on the nose and continue on the palate, with a bright line of acidity throughout and a lacy, fine herbal spice on the finish. Fine tannic structure gives this wine a serious edge despite its core of juicy fruit. Mann suggests pairing this blend with tacos or Indian food. “Anything with a little spice would be delightful,” she said.