A Strong Trio of Rhone Wines Priced $11-$14 Each
The trio of Rhone wines featured in today’s post will please many. For a wine that you can and will want to drink throughout the week, look no further than the 2012 Frederick Arnaud, CDR, Cotes du Rhone. This is a youthful, grapey wine that offers a level of complexity not usually found in the $11 price point. It is a wine to drink this year and you can be assured that I will pick up more when I return to the store. I have now drunk through several bottles of 2012 Andre Brunel, Cuvee Sabrine, Cotes du Rhone Villages. This is a step up in seriousness and longevity. If the Arnaud is a grapey wine then the Brunel is a more mature wine. This is another wine you can drink throughout the week but also age it for a few more years. The 2014 Chateau Unang, Ventoux provides a third fantastic choice for a daily drinker. It moves back to the youthful, grapey side of things but the aromatic nose and supple flavors clearly reflect the effort put into this wine. I recommend you try them all! These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2012 Frederick Arnaud, CDR, Cotes du Rhone – $11
Imported by Domaine Select Wine Estates. Alcohol 14%. This is an attractive, grapey wine with good grip. It opens up well with air revealing slightly racy strawberry flavors, youthful grapey complexity which will hold your interest. I would not cellar this for development, instead just for a few months so the wine opens up some more. ** Now.
2012 Andre Brunel, Cuvee Sabrine, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $14
Imported by Robert Kacher. This wine is a blend of mostly Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Alcohol 14%. The nose is scented with stony, black fruit. The red and black fruit flavors sport some rough and tumble qualities of the Cotes du Rhone. This wine has a bit of everything, some density, some grip, water acidity, and a mineral hint in the finish. The dry black flavors are framed by fine, dry tannins before hints of stone come out again in the aftertaste. It tastes drier with air. **(*) Now – 2019.
2014 Chateau Unang, Ventoux – $14
Imported by Vintage ’59 Imports. This wine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 5% Cinsault. Alcohol 13.5%. The aromatic nose of youthful fruit is reflected in the supple, weighty grapey fruit flavors in the mouth. The flavors lean towards black fruit, with fine tannins that make for a little bitter and dry finish. This should develop over the short term. ** Now – 2018.