Monday, January 16, 2012

Victor Berard Côtes du Rhône 2009

In the Glass: Purplish deep red.

On the Nose: Loads of fruit with cherry and strawberry fragrances.

On the Palate: Warm spicy wine very typical of the region of jammy fruit that has a soft peppery taste at the back of the tongue coming from the Grenache and Syrah varietals. Some minerality and dustiness at the finish. This wine can be enjoyed when it is young but will also age well over the next 2-5 years.

Style: Light and fresh

Rating: 89/100.

Price Range: $8.00- 12.00. Available at most wine stores.

Comments: This is a delightfully light fresh wine that represents the Rhône Valley handsomely! The Rhone Valley has had an unprecedented number of outstanding vintages in this first decade of the 2000's. 2009 is the latest and it's on par with or better than the brilliant 2007 according to the Wine Spectator. This example is elaborated with Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah varietals. Victor Berard is a negociant operation based at Romaneche Thorins, a small town only a couple of miles east of Fleurie but just outside the appellation boundaries. While he is mostly known for his selection of delicious beaujolais, this wine just serves to affirm his excellent wine selection process. This wine is delicious for summer quaffing alone, with crudites and with most light pasta dishes. Will also compliment lightly grilled white fleshed fish like Mahi Mahi and Grouper very well. I paired it with farfalle pasta tossed with olive oil, fresh basil leaves and garlic and it was a big hit.

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