2005 Domaine Des Girasols "Vieilles Vignes" Côtes du Rhône-Villages Rasteau ($18.99)

SKU #1040428

This ruby purple colored gem offers a plethora of red fruits on the nose, with raspberry and cherries bouncing off of earthier, forest floor notes. On the palate the wine has a long structure, with very supple tannins and a deep flavor of wild strawberries. Serve this old vine Rhone red with grilled meats or sweet cheeses. 14.5% abv.

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 By: Susan Purnell |  Review Date: 2/25/2009 
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I am a big fan of old vine Rasteau and cheese, so I am lucky to live close to the coast. Often I visit Harley Farms in Pescadero. They make the world's best goat cheese. The last time I was there two baby goats were just born! Try this Girasols Rasteau with grilled sourdough, Harley goat cheese in olive oil and just a sprinkle of fresh rosemary. Mmmmmmmm!

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Rasteau

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5