Kent’s Pick: 2017 Mont Gravet Carignan $8.99

Summer is almost here, so I thought I’d go looking for a great BBQ wine to make the decision easy for you when the time comes. My summer pick is the Mont Gravet Carignan. This wine just recently arrived and is priced very reasonably at $8.99.

The wine is made from 100% Carignan sourced from vineyards in Herault in the Languedoc region in southwest France. This wine is meant to be drunk young and is very pleasing from the first pour. The wine shows dark cherries, plum and spice on the nose. The palate continues to show fresh dark fruit, fig, spice and touch of garrigue I associate with Carignan.

This wine will pair well with most anything from the grill (I drank mine with grilled pork chops and vegetables). Also, don’t be afraid to chill this wine down a little lower than you normally would for a red wine. Some chilled lighter bodied reds will show very well on hot summer days, and this wine is no exception!