2010 Domaine de Fontbonau Côtes du Rhône (Previously $22)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium garnet-purple colored, the nose is of warm berries, black cherry compote and dried Provence herb aromas with hints of cumin seed, cardamom and violets. Full, opulent and seductive on the palate, it is superbly structured with a nice acid backbone and a medium to firm level of very finely grained tannins, finishing long and spicy. Delicious now, it should develop beautifully to 2020+. (91+)
This is weighty in feel but subtle in profile, with crushed plum, steeped anise and smoldering black tea notes laced with a whiff of singed sandalwood. Twinge of plum skin takes over on the finish.
Domaine de Fontbonau is a partnership between the president of Chateau Latour, Frédéric Engerer, and Jérôme Sarda Malet. This blend of Grenache and Syrah is sourced from vines aged 30-70 years. 15% abv.