Friday, May 7, 2010

Paul Jaboulet Parallele 45 Cotes du Rhone, 2005

Paul Jaboulet is best known for its Hermitage and Crozes Hermitage wines from the estate's Northern Rhone vineyards near Hermitage hill, but, like Guigal, the estate also sells a full range of negociant wines from all over the Rhone Valley. This Cotes du Rhone, usually available from Cost Plus World Market for about $10 a bottle, has offered a good value in recent years.

The color is a deep ruby purple, indicating the wine probably has a high proportion of Syrah in the blend. Aromas and flavors are vigorous and youthful--berries, briar and herbs--with good weight for a Cotes du Rhone. It's firm like Syrah in the middle with a good punch on the finish. At a good stage for drinking right now.

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