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A Cotes du Rhone to drink by the case

The 2012 Domaine La Manarine, Cotes du Rhone represents an ideal Cotes du Rhone for early drinking.   The estate was created in 2001 by Giles Gasq who had previously worked under Paul Jeune at Domaine Monpertuis.  The vineyards are located on Le Plan de Dieu with the vast majority planted to Grenache.  This is no heady Grenache based wine, rather it is a wine full of energy and clean fruit.  I suspect it will peak in the spring or summer so I strongly suggest you buy a case right now.  At only $14 this is another compelling reason to drink from the Rhone.  This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.


2012 Domaine La Manarine, Cotes du Rhone – $14
Imported by Rosenthal Wine Merchants. This wine is 100% Grenache sourced from vines averaging 35 years of age. The fruit was destemmed with elevage taking 20-24 months.  Alcohol 14%.  This was clearly a fun, young wine right from the very first glass.  There were tart flavors of cranberry and black fruit with fresh but not grapey flavors. There were some cinnamon and chocolate mixed spices with the drying, somewhat coarse tannins.  There is good energy to the wine.  **(*) 2015-2018.


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