2011 Cave de Rasteau "Dame Victoria" Rasteau

SKU #1145474 Wine Spectator

 Features a tangy red currant and loganberry core, with violet, pepper and singed apple wood notes lining the slightly grainy finish. Drink now. (Web-2013)

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. 14.5% abv.

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By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/4/2014  | Send Email
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Rasteau is a small region in Southern Rhone consistently produce high quality Syrah/Grenache/Mourvedre blend much similar to its famous neighbor Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOP. They were finally awarded with an AOP status in 2010. Cave de Rasteau Dame Victoria is one of the oldest and best winery in the region. I find the 2011 vintage offers expressive red berry and cherry notes up front, but round up with layers of minerality, earth, black pepper on the finish. This wine outshines many of its more expensive competitor by a long shot. A fantastic choice for large party with various food items (ie. weddings, company party, potluck)
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2017

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