Sunday, August 4, 2013

Vidal-Fleury 2010 Cotes Du Rhone

Vidal-Fleury 2010 Cotes Du Rhone, $12.60-$17.50, 90 points, appears ruby to quite purple from core to the clear rim.
Aromatic complexity intrigues the sense of smell with hints of roses, sweet red cherry, cardamom, clove, and a touch of fresh turned earth.
Just bridging the threshold of a medium bodied red wine, Vidal-Fleury 2010 Cotes Du Rhone remains texturally smooth with good acidity and sharply delineated and approachable tannin.
Flavors of blackberries and coffee notes precede a more persistent black currant with a slight, almost green quality that, in this case, livens things-up just enough to give some tension to what otherwise could be a rather provincial wine.
Finishes fine on black and white pepper, plum, and a nearly imperceptible alcohol (14%) .
Varietals are 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan.
As for its Quality-Price-Ratio (QPR), this red wine is hard to surpass!


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