Consolation is a label produced by Andy Cook and Philippe Gard, winemaker and owner respectively of Coume del Mas and joint owners of Mas Christine situated close to the French / Spanish border in the Roussillon region. They describe the Consolation wines as "an adventure" with varietals, the grapes coming from very small parcels of the best vines and the wines produced to reflect the best of each vintage. The range therefore varies from year to year and production is small.
Red Socks 2014 is made from the Carignan grape which was until the turn of the century France's most planted grape variety; originating in Spain, Carignan is also known as Mazuelo or Cariñena. This is a great example of the fine wine that can be produced when yields are kept low, vines are old and care is taken in production. The story goes that the Red Socks name comes from the stains on the legs after treading the grapes and the favourite baseball team of Richard Bray, also a winemaker for the range.
This is a big wine in terms of intensity and alcohol given the climate of the area but there is balance from good acidity and concentrated fruit flavours. It is a full-bodied, deep-coloured wine with intense blackcurrants, cassis and herbaceousness on the nose; very concentrated sweet black fruits and blackcurrant leaf on the palate. Tannins are generally high in the Carignan grape but they are fine and well integrated in this wine. Though classified as a Big, Bold wine, it is also very fruity.
Recommended to drink with charcuterie, paté, cheese, beef, lamb, duck, game.
"This dark, rich and toasty red is the second time we have made a 100% Carignan. Exceptional ripeness and refreshing acidity allow a long maceration for maximum depth of flavour and structure."