I guess I had a rather busy and hectic month and maybe a bit verbose, but I am behind in telling you about one of the wines that I received from my wine club, the Fine Wine Source Wine Club in Livonia, Michigan. I actually picked it up in a timely manner, but they have been so busy that I did not even try to taste any wines while I was there, I just picked up my bag of two wines and basically went off to take care of other errands.
Tresor de la Riviere, Cotes du Rhone 2014 evokes the old special river boats that were used by the Romans in the First Century to transport wines from the region to the City of Vienne and then it went on to other parts of the Roman Empire; this type of special boat is depicted on the label of the wine. Tresor de la Riviere is made in partnership with La Cave la Suzienne at the foot of the chateau in the town of Suze-la-Rousse and houses one of the leading oenology schools with one of the most advance laboratories in the country for testing wine quality. La Cave la Suzienne was founded in 1926.
The vineyards for Tresor de la Riviere are located on the sloping hills of the Rhone Valley and planted in the clay-limestone soil of the region. The grapes are hand harvested and each varietal goes through a separate vinification process. The final blending occurs after tasting and this particular vintage is a blend of seventy percent Grenache, fifteen percent Syrah and fifteen percent Carignan. The notes for this wine suggest a balanced finish with red fruit flavors and soft tannins and a layer of white pepper; and could be cellared for about four years. Suggest pairing would be with red meats and pastas, and especially touted for pork and grilled meats.