2007 Vidal-Fleury Cotes Du Rhone

I am really enjoying Rhone varietals lately, especially the Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre blends.   I’ve tried a few good ones from South Africa, Australia and (of course) California.  This one has a nose of cherries, black pepper, a little smoke, and some stinky dirt.    The midpalate has really tart fruit – lots of sour cherry and the tartness continues on the finish.  I wish the finish would have been more complex.   I definitely like more roundness and ripeness in my wines.   I didn’t feel that this wine lived up to it’s nose, but the acidity was good.   




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