2009 Cave de Rasteau "Dame Victoria" Côtes du Rhône-Villages Rasteau

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89 points Wine Spectator: "Warm fruitcake, melted licorice and cherry reduction notes define this offering, with fresh spice and floral notes adding balance and length on the finish. Drink now." (02/11) An award winner at many French wine competitions, the Dame Victoria is an impressive Rhone red raised not far from the fabled vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Warmly fruited and full of robust, rustic character, the nose offers minerality and blue fruit notes, which are echoed on the palate and joined with berries, berries and more berries. Elegant on the supple finish, this is just the red to pair with chicken, burgers, roasts and cheesy vegetarian dishes. 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. 14.5% abv.

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By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/30/2011  | Send Email
I loved this wine in 2007 and the 2009 is just as glorious. While the 2007 had the amazing floral and spice aromatics with tons of precise berry fruit that the '09 has, its how beautifully ripe the fruit is, without losing its structure, that makes the '09 a top choice.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/28/2011  | Send Email
I have yet to discover exactly who Dame Victoria was, but if she possessed attributes like this deft and nuanced Côtes du Rhône she must have been quite spectacular. We've carried this warmly flirtatious wine in our stores for about a decade, and it seems to improve and evolve with every vintage. The excellent 2009 version is a shimmering example— both lithe and brilliantly-balanced, with pure and supple black and red fruits married to sweet spice and an underlying stratum of stony minerality, this is a wine made for enjoyment, primarily with delicate soft cheeses or slow-braised meats.
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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/26/2011  | Send Email
Soft, fruit-driven, and easy to drink, the 2009 Cave de Rasteau "Dame Victoria" Côtes du Rhône-Villages Rasteau offers immediately pleasure to any lover of the wines of the southern Rhone. Ripe fruit. Rich texture. Tart red raspberry and blackberry compote notes. Spicy black pepper, smoke and tar. 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. A perfect match for fall dishes – anything slow cooked – roasted, braised or stewed.

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/16/2011  | Send Email
Nice, warm and full of dark berries with a touch of smokiness to it. Very nice wine for any occasion really!

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/14/2011  | Send Email
The 2009 version of one of our best selling Rhone wines year after year might be their best ever. This has all the Rasteau earthiness that you expect coupled with black and blue fruit notes and a deep mineral finish. This hearty, rustic Southern Rhone is perfect for Pizza, BBQ, burgers, Tuesday night or any informal gathering.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/22/2011  | Send Email
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The 2009 vintage in the Rhône Valley was absolutely great, and this incredibly deeply-colored, opulent wine is a perfect example of how great. Loaded with blueberry fruit and white pepper spiciness on the nose and in the mouth, this balanced Grenache-drive Gem is elegant, stylish, broad, flashy and just a joy to consume. Anderson says that this, too, will be one of our house reds for the month. 14.5% ABV. (Jim Barr)
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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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