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(Rhône Valley, France) $25

Oh my, does this wine overdeliver! Juicy and alive, it’s bursting with cherry kirsch, vanilla bean, sandalwood, black pepper, and espresso flavors. Yet, for all of its savory richness, the wine is sleek and beautifully balanced. Côtes du Rhône is an appellation of non-contiguous parcels that fall mostly in the southern Rhône Valley. Alas, a good share of the wines are, as the French might say: ordinaire. But this Beaurenard rocks with southern French deliciousness.  It’s 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. The domaine also makes a good Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but penny for penny, you can’t beat this Côtes du Rhône.

93 points KM

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