If you are looking for something different, delicious and great value I suggest you try this full-bodied, earthy red from Gaillac in Southwest France. Domaine des Terrisses Gaillac Rouge is fast becoming a fixture on our table. Not quite opaque, but it is very deeply colored. The nose grabs you attention immediately. Layers of ripe raspberries, wild strawberries, black cherry, smoke, autumn leaves, spice, leather and warm earth draw you in.
On the palate it is full-bodied and refreshing with plenty of chunky tannins that firmly grip. Very well balanced, it is packed with ripe, juicy forest fruits. The earthy, smoky notes continue on the palate adding complexity. Moderately long earthy finish. This is a real honest wine with a big friendly personality.
At the Table
This 2008 Domaine des Terrisses Gaillac Rouge is a very versatile wine that will work with a variety of red meat dishes, especially stews and pot roasts. If meat is not your thing, it also pairs really well hearty vegetable dishes, particularly with mushroom dishes. We enjoyed it last week with stuffed Portabello mushrooms, followed by some aged Gouda cheese.
About Gaillac and Its Red Wines
The Gaillac wine region is located in southwest France, around the famed Cathedral city of Albi. History tells us that wine was produced in Gaillac even before Bordeaux. While there are plantings of international varieties, the region is known for its use of local varieties. This delicious Gaillac Rouge from Domaine des Terrisses is made from a blend of local grapes Fer Servadou and Duras along with Syrah. Duras and Fer Servadou are known to make deeply colored tannic reds with lots of spicy, smokey, peppery notes. White and sparkling wines are also produced in the Gaillac wine region.
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Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant.