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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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