2010 Cave de Rasteau "Dame Victoria" Rasteau

SKU #1089879 89 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and lush, but showing finely beaded acidity to add length and definition to the delicious cherry compote, linzer torte and blackberry fruit flavors. A graphite edge marks the finish.  (2/ 2012)

K&L Notes

An award winner at many French wine competitions, the Dame Victoria is an impressive Rhône 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. 14% abv.

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By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/30/2012  | Send Email
This is year in and year out value! It has it all; ripe fruit, solid herbaciousness and a touch of leatheriness and solid but well integrated tannins. Delicious!

By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/30/2012  | Send Email
This wine has been a absolute favorite of K&Ls for years.This wine is ripe and lush, showing finely beaded acidity with a fantastic balance of upfront black and red fruit. This amazing Rhone producer is very close to the famed vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14