#cotesdurhone

Willem The Silent

Principauté d'Orange Red Blend 2017

Up and coming region of #cotesdurhone. Cassis and garrigue herbs and baking spice smells. Juicy acidity, dark chocolate and espresso and medium tannin that linger into a coffee-bitter finish. Good value from #wsjwineclub — 18 days ago

E. Guigal

Côtes du Rhône Red Rhône Blend 2016

Excellent #cotesdurhone offering from Guigal - I’m easily wowed by the layers of herbs and peppery spice, balanced fruit and juicy acidity on the palate. — 4 months ago

Domaine Julien Cornud

Domaine de Ju Côtes du Ventoux Red Rhone Blend 2016

#ventoux is up and coming and this is a lovely example with cherry, currant aromas, typical #cotesdurhone garrigue herb aromas - so nicely balanced acidity with restrained oak and lively tannins. — 7 months ago

E. Guigal

Côtes du Rhône Red Rhône Blend 2009

A 2009 Côtes du Rhône? For 13 bucks? Ok - twist my arm, RiteAid. E. Guigal suggests an eight year max on this one, and yep, still drinking nicely. The blend is a classic GSM, (52% Grenache, 45% Syrah, and 3% Mourvèdre), grown in the Rhône region of France - a hotbed of viticulture since the 1600s. Guigal has been cultivating wine inthe region since ~1940s producing both easily approachable table wine, (like the monsieur pictured here), and high end expensive bottles of pure delicious sunshine. Paired this with a yellow curry and for the price point, it was well worth it. Not sure there are many 2009s still out there - but for the money, you could do a lot worse. ~$13 | #guigal #côtesdurhône #gsm

On the eyes: Ruby with orange tinted rim, med concentration, bright, med stain, med tears, no gas/floc.

On the nose: top notes of violet move through stewed blackberries, a touch of spice and licorice ending in a gravelly earthiness, med alcohol.

On the tongue: med+ acid, med tannin, med+ alcohol, med+ body, mellowed out and round on the palette. Overripe black plum, bing cherry, a touch of spice, and nice mineralty. Not overly fussy, drinks easily. The geezer should breathe a bit before you go, though.
— 3 years ago

Le Prince de Courthezon

Prestige Côtes du Rhône Red Rhône Blend 2017

Delightful #gsm #cotesdurhone Decanting is a must - my impatient palate detected some weird funk and a torrent of unbalanced vanilla on the first taste that disappeared after a half hour in the glass. Subtly spicy bramble berry, black olive, and Provençal herbs on the nose. On the palate espresso becomes apparent. Succulent acidity, substantial yet genteel tannins on a long finish. — 2 months ago

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Famille Perrin

Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes-du-Rhone Red Rhone Blend 2016

I took a guess that this #beaucastel “Coudoulet,” which was a third of the price of their renowned CdP in a fine restaurant wine list, would still be awesome. No surprise the excellence of this Château carries through here - elegant fruit-forward #cotesdurhone, velvety tannins and herbs + spice touches. Delicious wine paired with coriander lamb chops. — 5 months ago

Cuvée du Vatican

Réserve de l'Abbé Côtes du Rhône Red Rhône Blend 2017

Fruit-driven character on this #cotesdurhone, cassis and bramble berry up front, finishes with some toffee and vanilla notes, plenty of acididty and a long finish with lingering tannins. It's a bit thin at the end and missing some herbs and spice to make things more interesting. #wsjwineclub **Update: just this week I’ve been enjoying this wine a glass a day and it just keeps going like the Energizer Bunny, virtually no oxidation and it’s opened up more with a longer finish. Rhône blends like this continue to surprise and impress me.
— 4 months ago

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