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Les Dauphins

Les Dauphins
2018 Côtes du Rhône Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Other Red

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14.99
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Les Dauphins
2018 Côtes du Rhône Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Other Red

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry pie, bright cherry, hints of tonka bean, licorice, and suede with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish with suggestions of dried cranberry and herbal tea with light oak flavor. Decant or cellar this rock solid Cotes du Rhone to unveil further complexity.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Old World
Aroma Aroma: strawberry pie, bright cherry, hints of tonka bean, licorice, and suede
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of dried cranberry and herbal tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Decant or cellar this rock solid Cotes du Rhone to unveil further complexity.

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Other reds from France's Rhone Valley include St. Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage. St. Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage are among the largest appellations of the Rhône Valley production zone; they are made primarily from the red variety Syrah, while up to 10% two white grapes, Roussanne and Marsanne are allowed. For Côte-Rotie (literally "roasted slope") and Hermitage, only Syrah may be used.

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