We really enjoyed this 2016 Domaine des Escaravailles “La Ponce” — a nice Grenache/Syrah blend from Rasteau, a parish in the southern Rhone valley located 15 miles northeast of the famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape (famous for Grenache/Syrah). Domaine des Escaravilles was founded in 1953 by Jean-Louis Ferran with his sons, Jean-Louis and Daniel. The Domaine is currently run by Daniel’s son, Gilles who uses sustainable and organic practices and all grapes are manually harvested.
The Grenache (80%) and Syrah (20%) blend (aged in concrete) is full bodied with aromas of blackberries, blueberries, cherries and violets that display a richness that increases with each sip. The 2016 wine has very balanced tannins and acidity that leads to a very nice finish. Regions – Rasteau, Cairanne, Roaix and Saint Roman de Malegarde are up and coming and Domaine des Escaravailles is one of the top producers. We suggest pairing with beef, lamb or venison and give this wine 4 glasses.
This wine is carried by Bird Rock Fine Wines for a steal for $24!