Chateau Val Joanis, Luberon Tradition Rouge (2016)

Style:  Full bodied red              Vintage: 2016             ABV: 14.5%

Appellation: Luberon              Varietal: 90% Syrah, 10% Grenache

Region: Rhône Valley              County:  France

Pairings: Barbecue, especially chicken or spareribs; braised beef or chicken; duck; grilled vegetables; hamburgers; lamb, especially roast leg of lamb; mushrooms; Osso Bucco; pork sausage; tuna, especially grilled or seared tuna; venison.

Avoid pairing Seafood with white meat like sole, shellfish such as shrimp or lobster, delicate dishes, and extremely sour dishes.

Cheese Pairings: Old World cheddars, blues and Spanish sheep cheeses with forceful flavors, and goudas.

About This Wine: The elegance of Provence meets the tradition of Cotes du Rhone. Situated on the site of an ancient Roman villa, Chateau Val Joanis was originally the property of Jean de Joanis, secretary to King Louis III of Naples. The estate covers approximately 990 acres of Luberon countryside and is filled with picturesque gardens, olive groves and rolling hillsides covered in vines. 310 acres of vineyards are planted on clay limestone slopes, which benefit from the hot sunny days and the cool nights of this part of the Rhone. The nature of the soil and the favorable climate allow Chateau Val Joanis to produce powerful, yet elegant, red wines and fruit-driven roses based on Syrah and Grenache. This is a well-structured and balanced wine, supple and round with a deep purple color. Slightly spiced with notes of blackcurrant and red berries.