Scoring 18 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale, the 14.5% alcoholed Rhone wine, the 2011 Chateau Du Trignon Vacqueyras cost just over $24 and at nine years-old, it is almost at peak. Filled with Grenache aromas, and spicy pepper with the Rhone terrior flavors, the wine will age another decade easily.

Vacqueyras is in the Southern Rhone and was not well known until about 2010 when prices from other Rhone areas skyrocketed.

Like all Rhone wines, this one is great with game, we had it with venison stew from last winter’s hunt, and it brought out a lot of extra flavors from the included vegetables. Wow! Put some away. I drank these too soon. Vacqueyras didn’t get its own AOC until 1990. I can get two of these for the price on just one Chateauneuf-du-Pape.In Vino Veritas