Sunday, May 27, 2012
The Rhoning Stones Cotes du Rhone, 2007
60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. Compared to the two wines below (2009 Altitude 500 Ventoux and 2009 Cuvee des 3 Messes Basses Ventoux), this Cotes du Rhone has the stamp of 2007 all over it. It's darker in color with riper, richer blueberry fruit. Also some lively acids and nice uplift (rosemary? mint?) Generally, though, more berried fruit and less peppery spice than the 2009 wines. It's drinking nicely now, but on the second night I got some notes of oxidation. It's time to enjoy whatever bottles you have.