Sunday, January 30, 2011

Domaine du Grand Prieur Cotes du Rhone, 2006

There are very few Cotes du Rhone wines that give me as much pleasure as this Domaine du Grand Prieur, which usually sells for less than $10 a bottle. The color is deep and dark. The Syrah in the blend probably deepens the color, but the aromas and flavors have all of the forward charm of ripe Grenache--strawberries, peppercorn, spice and flowers. Also some dark cherries. Very fragrant. Ripe and friendly in the mouth, but not at all jammy. Has a nice peppery touch on the finish. Probably at its best but showing no signs of losing its appeal.

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