Thursday, July 23, 2009

Domaine du Grand Prieur Cotes du Rhone, 2006

This wine is still drinking beautifully. It's a deep, dark color with intense smells and flavors of fresh blueberries, Provencal herbs and freshly ground peppercorn. It's very ripe, almost to a fault, but the spicy, peppery qualities give it some backbone. The creamy qualities that were present last December have faded a bit, giving way to additional spiciness.

For my taste, this wine was best on the first night, when it was fresh from the cellar and still a bit cool. Even though the temperatures here in Kalamazoo are only in the low to mid-70s, a day on the shelf warmed it a bit too much, making the alcohol more prominent than I'd like. It's only 14%, but I prefer my Cotes du Rhones at 13.5%.

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