2007 Tardieu-Laurent "Vieilles Vignes" Côtes du Rhône-Villages Rasteau (Pre-Arrival)

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91-94 points Robert Parker: "The inky/purple-colored 2007 Côtes du Rhône-Villages Rasteau Vieilles Vignes (100% Grenache from the blue clay sectors of Rasteau) is a dense, masculine effort offering oodles of fruit, high glycerin, and unbridled power. Forget this blockbuster for 2-3 years, and drink it over the following 15+." (02/09) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Lush and creamy, with captivating layers of fig sauce, crushed blueberry and succulent black cherry fruit, all backed by well-embedded acidity and a long licorice and floral finish. Showy but pure. A real beauty. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2012." (11/09) ETA: Late-December 2009.

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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
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