Sunday, June 7, 2020

Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone, 2015

Saint Cosme Cotes du RhoneSaint Cosme has a reputation for producing fine Gigondas wine--a reputation that is reflected in the price of the wines. This Cotes du Rhone, though, offers excellent quality at a reasonable price ($12 to $15). Unlike most Cotes du Rhone wines, which have a significant amount of Grenache in the blend, this one is made from 100% Syrah, half from Vinsobres and half from the Villefranchian region of Gard on the west side of the Rhone River.

Dark color, typical of Syrah. Raised in stainless steel rather than oak. Beautiful aromas of violets, blueberries and anise. Gigondas-like power and intensity. Initially, I get some sappy notes on the tongue, but these fade away with aeration. Tannins are friendly enough for current drinking, but I suspect they will get even better with additional bottle age.

The estate is proud of its 2015, and it ranked #43 on the Wine Spectator top 100 wines of 2016.

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