Last week, I scanned the aisles of one of my favorite wine shops looking for inspiration. I had already drank my way through the sparkling & rosé sections so I wanted something new. Right outside the France section, I discovered a red blend from Morocco.
Ouled Thaleb (pronounced OIL-ED TAH-LEB)
60% Cabernet, 30% Merlot, 10% Syrah
$19.99 at Laurel Beer, Wine and Spirits
Moroccan culture and food is so flavorful and bright, I assumed this would be a rich wine. The color is dark and inky yet this wine was quite soft. On the nose its very fruit forward with a wet clay earthiness. On the palate there is currant with black cherry, plum and spice on the finish. I paired this wine with whole wheat rotini pasta and turkey ragu. This would also be a great pizza wine.
The price is a little higher than I would like it would be but I read that sustainable practices are in the wine growing process. Ouled grapes are ploughed and weeded by hand and no herbicide or fungicide treatments are used. These efforts can be timely and costly but great for the environment and improve quality of the wine.
Cheers to Morroco!