Sunday, October 11, 2015

Gilles Ferran Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau La Ponce, 2009

I usually prefer the red-fruited wines of Cairanne to their darker-toned siblings from nearby Rasteau. This is a notable exception, one of the best Rasteaus I have had.

Deep and dark. Smells dark too, as Rasteau should. Boysenberries with licorice, spice and tobacco. A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah; I would have guessed the other way around, considering the black fruit and tannins. The aromas just get better and better. Now some peppercorn as a background to the dark berry fruit. Medium body, rich mouth feel and a long finish with flavors well defined. This is an excellent example of what traditional Southern Rhone is all about.

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