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Rhône to the Bone

Rhône to the Bone
2017 Red Blend, Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Côtes du Rhône

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14.99
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Rhône to the Bone
2017 Red Blend, Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Côtes du Rhône

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14%
Dark violet color. Aromas of strawberry confection and roasted pine nuts with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, relaxed graphite, grilled citrus, and toast finish. A dry-yet-fruity Cotes du Rhone, begging to brighten your next outdoor meal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: strawberry confection and roasted pine nuts
Taste Flavor: graphite, grilled citrus, and toast
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry-yet-fruity Cotes du Rhone, begging to brighten your next outdoor meal.

The Producer

Ravoire & Fils

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

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87 Rhône to the Bone 2017 Red Blend, Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge 14% (France) $14.99.
89 Rhône to the Bone 2018 White Blend, Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 13% (France) $14.99.

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.