50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 15% Carignan; 13.5% ABV
top of the label reads “Rhone Valley Vineyards”
Appellation Ventoux Contrôlée, France
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 16 March
It has been a while since we’ve had anything Cotes-du-Rhone-like show up at the GO, so I was excited to see this wine. It’s a pleasantly tasty quaffer, distinctively French.
The wine is not bad right away, but I thought it needed nearly two hours in a decanter to relax and release its fruit. Then, it showed tangy flavors of black and red cherries / kirsch, dark red raspberry, and (with more air) a little bit of violets and darker herbs, with the earthy funk that I like in French wines, in a lighter medium body. It’s solid wine and a decent value, but I think it’s not all that substantial or super-exciting, so I should probably go with Drinkable.