The Domaine de L’Ameillaud 2011 Vin De Pays is an undervalued import from David Bowler that over delivers. An exceptional Rhone style from the village of Cairanne, the 2011 L’Ameillaud is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 20% Carignan.
The wine is produced from 30 year old vines from a sustainable farmed vineyard and is aged in stainless steel and cement vats. The wine itself is very dark cherry in appearance and has a slight scent of smoke combined with dark fruit. The taste is full of black cherry and raspberry with a hint of licorice. At $7.99 a bottle, this is a no brainer. You might even want to grab a case for the approaching cool weather.
This wine will pair very well with a variety of foods, ranging from cheese plates with crusty bread to lamb chops, pork, steak or burgers. This is also a terrific wine for stews. Personally, I would serve this with tender pepper steak, green beans and mashed potatoes.