Today’s wine comes to us from the Cotes du Roussillon wine region of southern France, where the controlled wine rules are pretty simple. For a red wine to adorn the regional seal, it must consist of three wine varietals and the two main grape types must not exceed more than 90% of the varietal blend.  So, if red blends are your thing, you’ve just hit the jackpot.  Tessellae Old Vines is a consistent body of work from this winery that never fails to win awards vintage after vintage, and their Tessellae Old Vines Red Blend 2013 is no different.

On colour, the Tessellae Old Vines Red Blend 2013 holds a crimson red hue.  On the nose, scents of plum, cherry, vanilla and smoked cured meats are noted.  On the palate, soft and subtle red berries to come play along with some spice and light minerality. This is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre.  While this is hard to find in the LCBO, it can be ordered online for $17.00.

We gave this wine a score of 4.75 out of 5.