Monday, May 16, 2011

Domaine Sainte Anne Cotes du Rhone, 2000

Domaine Sainte Anne is one of those rare Cotes du Rhones that is capable of going 10 years or longer in the bottle. While showing its age considerably more than the 1998 that I opened a month or so ago, this 2000 is by no means over the hill.

The color is a deep ruby, showing mature tints. Aromas and flavors have developed nicely--ripe dark cherries with a spicy hint of Mourvedre in the background. The flavors have broadened and deepened. There is a great deal of flavor interest even if the finish is shorter than that of the excellent 1998. This is a wine that far exceeds the expectations of a simple Cotes du Rhone. It's as good as a Gigondas or Cairanne, but the personality is unique to Domaine Sainte Anne CDR.

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