I was expecting my sister over in the evening to watch hockey playoffs, have dinner and spend the night. She ended up getting out of work early, so we found ourselves sitting out on the patio on a slighty brisk, yet sunny spring afternoon. As we were craving a light and fruity glass to kick off our upcoming fun filled night, I happily popped open a bottle of VRAC Côtes du Rhône 2010. The producer intended this to be a simple, French countryside jug-style wine [vrac translates to bulk], so I figured it would be rather appropriate for smoked cheddar and crackers on the patio.
Dark purple with red highlights, after aerating enticing aromas of sugarcane and summer strawberries swirled about in my glass. Juicy grape and ripe black cherry flavours were supported by an undertone of harmonizing, clean mineral elements in the light to medium body. The moderate finish displayed spicy black pepper and earthy soil elements with hints of lingering, fresh strawberry. This is a fresh, fruity, everyday glass that is fantastic on its own or with a meal, and that you will find yourself quickly refilling.
Red Rhône Blend of Grenache, Mourvѐdre and Syrah
Côtes du Rhône
Mis en Bouteille a la Propriete [Estate Bottled]
Enjoy now thru 2013
Rated 87 points by Wine Spectator