Plaisance Ranch 2013 Mondeusé, Applegate Valley, $30

By on March 14, 2016

plaisance-ranch--mondeusé-2013-bottleAncestry for Southern Oregon vigneron/rancher Joe Ginet reaches into the French Alps region of Savoie – the birthplace of Mondeusé Noire – so the owner of Plaisance Viticulture arranged for cuttings from a relative’s vineyard to matriculate through Missouri State University’s quarantine program. His fascinating and fun property near the Applegate River now is a home to these grapes. The wine he made from the four barrels of his 2013 harvest brings a sweet and spicy nose of black currant, blueberry and vanilla bean backed by pinches of black pepper and clove. On the palate, it’s a bold entry of dark blue fruit framed by a rather remarkable structure of bold tannins, raspberry acidity and milk chocolate.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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