Saturday, September 17, 2016

Domaine des Girasols Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau, 2005

Rasteau and Cairanne are only a few miles apart, and the same grapes are used for the blend. Yet the wines are very different. Compared to the forward red-fruited personality of Cairanne, Rasteau is more reticent and may even need a bit of age to show its best. This 2005 from Domaine des Girasols is just beginning to open up.

Deep and dark. This is not a wine for casual drinking, but if you give it a bit of attention, its beauty is apparent. Deep, compact black fruit smells with flowers and minerals. Really special bouquet just beginning to form. Also on the palate, it's still a bit backward but has traditional feel and flavors. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Carignan. I like this a lot; wish I had more.

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