Comté Tolosan, South-West, France
Alc. 12 %
Tarani is located in one of France's oldest viticultural areas, in the South-West region near the city of Toulouse. Here, the vines are grown on an archaeological site, where amphoras were found with the name "Tarani" inscribed on them. Both the front and back label show the image of these ancient jugs. The IGP Comté Tolosan designation covers a large viticultural area which includes appellations such as Cahors and Armagnac. The IGP classification is used to categorize wines made within this geographical area that do not adhere to specific appellation regulations or those made using non-permitted varietals or styles. Comté Tolosan wines are concentrated along the Garonne River, with Spain to the south, Bordeaux to the north, the region of Languedoc-Roussillon to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Here there are a few different varietals grown, like local Petit Manseng, or others that may be more recognized in bordering regions, like Cot (aka Malbec from Bordeaux). Perfect to pop open tonight, or save for another year. Enjoy by 2020 at 17 C.
Medium-light burgundy coloured with jewelled reflections and consistent colouring to the rim.
We find substantial aromas of stem and bark when first poured in the glass, but they quickly disappear and are replaced by potent plum and dark cherry. With a few more swirls the sweet fruit notes really start to shine and play well with balanced black pepper and vanilla bean notes. The nose maintains an earthy background which exhibits a bit of a rustic quality.
Black cherry pit and plum skin sit at the top of the tongue and as the wine travels through the palate, fleshy plum and cherry flavours are showcased along with good texture. There is a fun, bitter and juicy experience that is both playful and rugged. We love the concentration from the ripe dark fruits partnered with briar patch and bark. Medium bodied with moderate acidity and light, sandy tannins. The finish retains the fruity notes and leaves us with a fresh berry flavour.
Pork tenderloin roulade filled with a cranberry and apple stuffing. We like matching the berry notes from the wine with the cranberry, and the addition of walnuts and rosemary will add to the rustic appeal of the wine. Serve with roasted baby potatoes and a mushroom flavoured gravy.