2012 Auberge

2012 Auberge

$32 Bottle / $27 Siren Club
We went with friends to a cooking school in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.  It’s a gorgeous village in the Bouches-du-Rhône region.  Van Gough lived and painted there. The student kitchen was in an “auberge” (farmhouse/inn).  Ah, the siren song of southern France. While we experimented with making Gigot Rôti Provençal (roasted herbed leg of lamb), we sampled our way through dozens of Rhône wines.  They were deep and full-bodied and served with local olives, farm cheese, and fois gras. Heaven. The “Auberge” is my personal expression of the Rhône and Saint-Rémy.  It’s a blend of Syrah and Grenache grapes made in small vats and truly hand-crafted.  It’s bold and aromatic with notes of plum, currant, and a hint of lavender.  I love its long finish. Bon appetit.

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes
A nose of wild plum, currants, and just a hint of lavender. Nice acidity with a subtle earthiness.

Winemaker Notes
I love this wine's earthy profile and long, smooth finish.

Food Pairing Notes
Drink this one with comfort food. Pot-au-feu, boeuf bourguignon, hearty soups and stews. My favorite pairing is with roasted lavender chicken with garlic mashed potatoes.

Wine Specs

  • Vintage 2012
  • Varietal Syrah / Grenache
  • Appellation Rattlesnake Hills
  • Vineyard Designation Elephant Mountain Vineyard
  • Harvest Date Oct-12
  • Acid 5.4 g/L
  • pH 3.2
  • Aging French oak - 18 months
  • Bottling Date April-14
  • Alcohol % 13.5