May 14, 2017 § Leave a comment
Pick of The Week – May 13, 2017
We were crashing at my mother-in-law’s as we had put the house up for sale and it was open house weekend. My mother-in-law is more like a big sister to me and she happily indulges my adventurous streak when it comes to wine.
Armed with validation and freedom of having an hour to shop, I went looking for something I had never had before.
I strolled through the aisles of Everything Wine and saw many labels that seemed to want to convey the same thing – tradition. However they all said the same thing on the back; passion, quality, family, character. It was almost as if the back labels were all cut and pasted by the same person. Then I came upon the Envyfol.
At first I was a little suspect giving the weight of the bottle. It was a huge thick glass bottle normally associated with either top end wines ($40+), or really crappy wines that are desperately trying cover up the quality of the wine.
I read the back label and it was different from the rest. There was an element of authenticity that I may have read into it, but got me to trust that I was not about to be ripped off. Couple that with the playful, mischevious characters that, at the moment, I identified with, I happily grabbed the bottle and proceeded to check out.
The Envyfol is a GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) from the south of France, specifically the Languedoc region. As many of you know, this region is one of my favourites when it comes to finding wines that over deliver for the price. The Envyfol was no exception.
Pours black in the glass and shows generous aromas of black cherry, raspberry, and cassis fruits with hints of dried herbs, pepper and a delicate smokiness as if from as small, petite, fire of dried rosemary branches.
The palate was bright and brimming with ripe, fresh fruit. The finish was juicy and showed soft, well balanced tannins.
Overall this was a great find and something that not only over delivers but also a wine that I will happily buy again… even if it was $5 more.
Where: Everything Wine, French section