This is part of a series of posts about the wines offered at Slows BBQ during the summer of 2015.
2013 Cabernet-Merlot-Syrah, Pont de Gassac
A stern rendition of Cabernet with ample scents of weathered oak and gravel. It’s a brisket wine for sure, and we love how it tastes by itself on a warm lazy afternoon.
Consider the many fine Cabernets from Washington, or California or South America. Essentially they taste sweeter than those that come from Bordeaux and the Languedoc. And that would be fine, except when temperatures rise in the dining room, wine tastes even sweeter, not to mention more alcoholic.
This is why the best Cabernet for the BBQ all summer is a very dry one. No matter how hot it gets, this item will remain balanced with its deep core of organized phenolics providing freshness.
This is the same producer that makes our Chardonnay, and one of the best in the Languedoc. Unlike the Chardonnay, this comes entirely from vineyards they own, which have been planted with low-yielding vines. This means the wine is concentrated, both in color and intensity of characteristic flavors. Tasting suggests notes of blackberry, olive, maduro cigars, cassis and Mexican chocolate.