Roundabout Cellars Arc De Triomphe 2011

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris France.  In taking this name Roundabout Cellars, much like France, is stating this as their signature wine.

Unlike its namesake, I would not call Roundabout Cellars 2011 Arc De Triophe neoclassical or enormous.  One of the measures lost on many tourists is the high level of detail of the friezes on the Arc.  In this way I do see similarities.

The 2011 Merlot dominated (70%) blend also includes 30% Nebbiolo.  Candy apple red in the glass, the nose features cherry, smoke and leather.

The mellow and muted attack leads to an exciting midpalate filled with cascading flavors: red cherry, pomegranate, and white pepper.  The well structured and memorable finish lingers slightly with a touch of smoke and hints of leather.

The structure provided by the Nebbiolo gives this wine an expansive list of pairing options.  By dominating with Merlot, the wine has a softness that creates great options with lamb, braised beef or vegetable soup.  I would not be afraid to pair this wine with steamed artichokes or spicy poultry dishes.

Drinking very nicely now, I see only limited increases in complexity over the next twenty four months with proper cellaring.  I fear some of the fruit character that makes this wine unique may fade in that time


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