The 2007 Grand Prieur has hit the shelves, and I'm sure it's lovely. But tonight the 2006 works quite nicely with rigatoni arrabiata.
It's very deep and bluish for a Cotes du Rhone and redolent with scents and flavors of fresh blueberries, spices, herbs and peppercorns. Ripe blueberries and cream coat the palate, but the wine has the structure to counter the spicy tomato sauce. It's very open on both the nose and the palate, sleek and silky in texture with plump, ripe flavors. Compared to the Salice Salentino, this is almost a softie, but that's what Grenache is all about. This is as good as it gets--spicy rigatoni and Grand Prieur Cotes du Rhone.