2009 Étoile du Rhône (Stéphane Vedeau) Côtes du Rhône

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Étoile du Rhône was created by three friends who share a passion for the wines of the Rhône Valley: Stephen Cronk, Tom Warner and winemaker Stéphane Vedeau. The grapes come from around the village of Courthézon, where the soil is composed of large pebbles. Each varietal is vinified and matured separately in traditional concrete vats for at least eight months. The 2009 has loads of crushed red berry fruit, light spice, fine tannins and lively acidity, which make for a serious, overachieving Côtes du Rhône. Enjoy now and over the next several years with all manner of Mediterranean-inspired fare! 14% abv.

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/16/2012  | Send Email
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We just received our second and last shipment of this lovely Rhône Valley wine from this great vintage, and as with the first shipment, it will sell out quickly. Medium-deep ruby in color, the opulent nose of rich, plum-like fruit and anise spice predominate, carrying over to its rich, lush, complex, deeply-flavored palate impression with a long, lasting finish. This Gem will be one of our house reds for the month, according to Rusty. 14.5% ABV
Drink from 2012 to 2018

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/29/2012  | Send Email
These are the wines that I look for in good vintages. When there is so much good fruit to go around, there are some amazing values to be found. The Etoile has such vibrancy and beautiful fruit, it is not only a bargain, but amazingly good.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/21/2011  | Send Email
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The 2009 Etoile Cote de Rhone is a perfect example of what great value wines are possible from the 2009 Rhone vintage. This is a classic Cote de Rhone, bright up front fruit with a moreish cranberry acidity. Some alluring spices and berries on the mid palate and great length for a $10.99 wine. This wine even shows some earthy complexity that belies it’s price point and highlights the great vineyards around Courthézon from when award winning winemaker Stephane Vedeau sources his fruit. If you haven’t enjoyed any 09 Rhone wines yet, this is a great place to start!

By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/18/2011  | Send Email
I hope you have heard the all time great from Earth, Wind and fire. " Your a shining star" well the this little Cote Du Rhone is a shining star. Incredibly pretty nose and follows with a lush mouthful of well integrated fruit and tannin.Enjoy!

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14