Paul Jaboulet is best known for its Hermitage and Crozes Hermitage wines from the estate's Northern Rhone vineyards near Hermitage hill, but, like Guigal, the estate also sells a full range of negociant wines from all over the Rhone Valley. This Cotes du Rhone, usually available from Cost Plus World Market for about $10 a bottle, has offered a good value in recent years.
The color is a deep ruby purple, indicating the wine probably has a high proportion of Syrah in the blend. Aromas and flavors are vigorous and youthful--berries, briar and herbs--with good weight for a Cotes du Rhone. It's firm like Syrah in the middle with a good punch on the finish. At a good stage for drinking right now.