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Rhône to the Bone

Rhône to the Bone
2015 Red , Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pasta Pork

Category: Rhône Red Côtes du Rhône

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$14.99
Best Buy

Rhône to the Bone
2015 Red , Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pasta Pork

Category: Rhône Red Côtes du Rhône

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14%
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas of huckleberry, cinnamon apple cider, ripe plum, and pink peppercorn with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, engaging, medium-length dark chocolate, rugged leather, tin, and water chestnuts finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sturdy Côtes-du-Rhône perfect for the autumn table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: huckleberry, cinnamon apple cider, ripe plum, and pink peppercorn
Taste Flavor: dark chocolate, rugged leather, tin, and water chestnuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Oxtail Ravioli, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A sturdy Côtes-du-Rhône perfect for the autumn table.

The Producer

Ravoire & Fils

The Producer
225 Avenue de la Gare
Le Grand Jardin, Lauris, 84360
France
33 -490087620

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88 Rhône to the Bone 2017 White, Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 13% (France) $14.99.
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Rhone Red Cotes du Rhone

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Côtes-du-Rhône is produced in red and white versions; the red being far more popular and better known. These are blends of several grapes, most often Grenache and Syrah with other varieties including Mourvedre and Carignan. Medium-bodied, they have red cherry and berry fruit, slight spice and woodsy flavors, good acidity and moderate tannins. These are made in a style to be consumed from three to seven years. although a few of the best can drink well for a decade.

Much like their red siblings, Côtes-du-Rhône whites are a great value, with many wines at or under $20 to be found. They must be made from at least 80% of the allowed Rhone white grapes: Clairette, Grenache blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, and Viognier and make ideal summer quaffers.

White wines from this area can vary enormously in quality and typicity from thin and watery to juicy and ripe. The best producers, however, will make wines that are rich and ripe. Côtes-du-Rhône is almost always drinkable upon release and requires no further cellaring.