My wine pusher has a special section that tends to get a lot of my business. Many of the items in it come with tags that detail the reviews and ratings of the wine. Then you have what I call the mystery bottles: bottles that simply are there, with nothing out to describe them. They quite often are well worth the try.
Last night, I stopped by and picked up one such bottle, a La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Recolte 2007. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault (from the label), it struck me as something worth trying.
Tasting circumstances were not ideal, but it had a nice nose of red fruit and hints of old leather. The light to medium mouth builds, and red fruit continues from the nose and expands to a good medium to full-body. Spice notes of clove, anise, and cinnamon appear and lead to a clean finish that has leather and chocolate appear along with some other spice notes. The tannins really do come out on the finish, to the benefit of the wine.
While it is quite nice for sipping and enjoying, it should go well with food (nothing too heavy). A very pleasant surprise and a nice one to try.