Thursday, July 11, 2013

Domaine Sainte-Anne Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2004

2004 is becoming one of my favorite vintages for Sainte-Anne. The 1998s and 2000s are a bit too ripe for my taste and the 1999 lacks the fruit power that 2004 is showing right now.

Beautiful deep crimson color. Subtle scents of wild berries and flowers. Grenache raspberry with firm, spicy Mourvedre giving it backbone. There is still some tannin on the mid-palate but I don't think it's shutting out any fruit flavors. A beauty to drink right now. Has the elegance and charm of a good Pinot Noir and matches up well with salmon or rainbow trout.

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