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Chateau Terre Forte

Terre Forte Origine 2012 (750 ml)

Terre Forte Origine 2012 (750 ml)

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The Terre Forte Origine is a glimpse at the old style of Southern Rhone wines, as it is a blend of the estate’s Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan vines. Grown on incredible chalky soils full of large galet stones, the grapes are hand harvested and then each grape ferments naturally on its own in stainless steel before it is combined and moved to very large concrete tanks. The sheer size of the tanks helps to slow down natural convection, making the process of aging slow and steady while soft music accompanies it for its many years rest. Once a particular vintage is deemed ready, it is only bottled when ordered in congruence with the lunar cycle, and remains in concrete until the vintage is entirely finished (this 2012 is still in tank!). The wine is remarkably deep and layered on the nose, showing a mix of sun-scorched earth, dark ripe cherry, blackberry, licorice, purple flowers, and garrigue. The palate is packed with vibrancy and fresh berries, dark earthy minerality, fennel, lavender, spice, and herb.

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