Synopsis, Our Opinion: A GREAT Quality wine and at this price point it should be near the top of everybody’s wine list.
Producer/Winery: Jean-François Pasturel at Terres d’Avignon, France.
Grape Variety: Côtes du Rhône blend – 62% Grenache, 26 % Syrah, 5% Carignan, 4% Cinsault and 3% Mourvèdre.
Geographic Appellation: Côtes du Rhône, France.
Price: $11.70 (with a 10% mixed case discount).
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Beef stroganoff with parsley, linguine and broccoli.
He said: Opened one hour before drinking. Opaque, dark garnet color with a purple rim. Intense plum, current, damp earth and peppery spice aromas. Mouth filling and full body; lively flavors of plum and current that evolves into a long lively chalky mineral finish with strong dry fruit tastes and round edged Tannins. Classic Grenache blend: VERY drinkable, with earthy aromas and rich spicy fruit taste. At under $12 this has to be called a FANTASTIC everyday Côtes du Rhône. A GREAT Quality wine and at this price point it should be near the top of everybody’s wine list.
She said: Opaque, dark garnet red color with a darker rim, lots of irregularly spaced quickly moving and legs. I was undecided about this wine with the first sniff that was on the mild side but flavorful and it lacked the alcohol smell that often accompanies such ones. Ditto for the taste that featured dark red fruits that were more dominant and were accompanied by a medium body, dry mouth-feel, and hefty tannins. The finish was long and flavorful, with tannins that made their presence known. The wine was delicious with the stroganoff, but also good sipping alone. At only $11.70 it is a bargain wine and a winner in this price range.
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
UPC Code: 7 61503 63455 9
Imported by: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant; Berkeley, California.
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