Cotes du Rhone Reds

During our dreaded tax season, I thought it was appropriate to concentrate and review wines of value. One of the world’s most consistent red wine deals is France’s Cotes du Rhone. Located in southeastern France, “cotes” mean “hills” or “slopes”, so literally “the slopes of Rhone.” This area makes several styles of wine, but is best known for their reds. Amazingly, twenty-one different grape varietals are allowed by law, but the reds are mostly based on Grenache, Syrah, and Mouvedre. Great quality for the dough…wasn’t in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy said, “There’s no place like Rhone…..There’s no place like Rhone.”

Mont-Redon Cotes du Rhone 2014

Deep purple in color, with aromas of raspberries, spice and a touch of tar. Approachable, this ready to drink red would be great with grilled meats. Chapoutier “Belleruche”

Cotes du Rhone 2014

This highly regarded wine family has been in the Rhone valley for over two hundred years. This wine is biodynamic and guess what…….. simply delicious. Garnet in color, aroma of cherries, pomegranate and red plum. On the palate, this wine hints of smoke, clean earth and dried meats.

Delas Cotes du Rhone 2013

Mostly made from Syrah, it has a deep cranberry color. The nose is reminiscent of red plum, sour cherry, and dried fruits. The mouth feel is warm, with peppery earthy flavors of white pepper and spice.

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