This Cotes du Rhone has 30% Mourvedre in its blend, and I like the lovely spiciness that results. It reminds me of an inexpensive Spanish Mourvedre (or Mataro) such as Castano or Luzon Verde.
The color is deep and dark with tones of violet. The aromas are also violet-tinged--very Mourvedre. Now some Grenache berries and spice come out. It's very structured in an old-style Cotes du Rhone way--stems and peels. The tingly feel on the palate is from acid rather than alcohol, which is a modest 13.5%. Black pepper emerges on the finish, which is by no means simple.
For $5.99 at Trader Joe's, this is a very enjoyable every day wine. 2007 is the vintage on the shelf at present, and it should be even better than the 2006.