Côtes du Rhône AOC, France; 12.5% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 14 July
At first, this struck me as too acid for the ripeness of its fruit. After some air, the fruit became a little more rich, but still with a good amount of acid and minerality. Although the flavors were rather subdued, there were nicely complex: honeysuckle and peach of (apparently) Viognier, yellow grapefruit / lemon (Marsanne or Roussanne?), yellow melon (becoming very ripe or even slightly oxidized melon with more air), white pear. For me, it’s not very “Ooh! Yummy!”, but nicely complex and structured. I’m hoping it will be a bit more accessible tomorrow.
Unfortunately, no. The next day, the rest in the bottle was quite similar to how it was on the first day. It’s well made and all, but for me, not very pleasurable. Those who like the more acid and bitter styles of European winemaking may like it.