As Cotes du Rhone wines have inched up in price, more and more of the low priced offerings that reach the market seem to come from cooperatives. That's not necessarily a bad thing since many of the Southern Rhone coops produce very good wines. Tresor de la Riviere, available for $8 to $10 at D&W Fresh Market and Sawall Health Foods in Kalamazoo, comes from the Vignerons Suze la Rousse. Its rustic, spicy personality derives in part from a fairly high percentage of Carignan in the blend.
Interesting spicy smells. Also dark cherries and black fruits. At this stage, the spicy Carignan seems to take center stage away from the Grenache and Syrah. Not much pepper nor red berries to be found. Seems a bit old fashioned in its approach, but that may be a stage it's going through. On the second night, it's much smoother on the palate, offering up ripe fruit flavors.