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Two Early Drinking Rhone Wines


Both of the wines featured in this post are drinking well right out of the bottle.  They both have clean red fruit that is enlivened by the acidity.  The 2012 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Chateauneuf du Pape is certainly more serious with balance for short-term development, not for old-bones.   Perhaps it is perfect for the cold-snap that Washington, DC is now leaving.  The 2012 La Font de Vent, Notre Passion, Cotes du Rhone Villages is the lightest of the pair.  I would drink it as an alternative to rosé.   These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Chateauneuf du Pape – $32
Imported by Simon N Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, and 5% Cinsault sourced from vines 15-50 years old.  Alcohol 15%.  The delineated aromas were of pure cherry notes.  In the mouth were cherry and Kirsch flavors that were ripe but enlivened by acidity.  This morphed to raspberry with more acidity before turning black with tannins in the finish.  The finish had extract,  moderate structure with fine drying tannins, and minerally bits.  There was some heat in the aftertaste.  *** Now-2019.

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2012 La Font de Vent, Notre Passion, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $13
Imported by DS Trading Company.  This wine is an even blend of Grenache and Syrah.  Alcohol 14%.  This was a fresh and light wine with red fruit flavors of cherry and strawberry.  The ripeness builds up, taking on acidity that made for some zing in the finish.  Good for the spring.  ** Now-2016.

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