Everywhere I look, it seems like I see another glowing report about the 2007 Rhone wines. Parker has been raving about them, and @garyvee has praised them on Wine Library TV. The real gems are in the higher price ranges, the Chateauneuf du Pape leading the way. Still, there is great value to be found in the more affordable wines as well. This Cotes-du-Rhone is my first 2007 Rhone, but my experience will definitely cause me to purchase more.
This wine has the standard Southern Rhone Syrah and Grenache blend, 75%-25% in this case.
I got a lot of spicy, gamy, meat aromas on the nose of this wine, as well as some plums and even a little dirt clod component. This wine is a really great creamy, mouth coating beauty. The flavor is big time plums with more spice and dirty peppercorn finish. This wine has great structure, and the tanins are sweet and balanced. The finish is a tad on the short side, but still very good.
Parker gave this wine a 90, which is outstanding for a $9 wine. I wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending this wine. If you get a chance to pick up a bottle, or case, avail yourself of the opportunity. I found this wine at World Market, so you should be able to track it down anywhere. At this price, it's hard to beat the value. This wine is a great sign of what the 2007 Rhone wines have to offer.
This Syrah and Grenache based wine allowed me to check off two more varieties for my Wine Century Challenge. I now have reviewed 8 of 100 varieties, and only have 92 to go!