Southern Côtes-du-Rhône, the French wine region extending from the area south, east and west of Avignon grows mainly red wines that are friendly, spicy and often juicy, and one of the world’s great red wine bargains. Blended from the same mix of grape varieties found in the noble Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre dominant), Côtes-du-Rhône offers much of the same goodness as its more expensive cousin, with less seriousness. You could almost call it playful. As outdoor barbecue season extends most of the year in Southern California, it is found on a lot of patio tables washing down a lot of grilled fare.
In recent months we’ve seen a real spike in interest in Côtes-du-Rhône. Everytime we look at our stacks and shelves, it’s time to order again. It is from this environment we came across this incredibly likeable wine, a 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah.
Now under the fourth generation of family ownership, this 50 acre vineyard of organically grown, 30 year old vines has produced a richly textured, very juicy red wine bursting with flavor and finishing especially pleasantly. It has what we used to call “gulp-ability”. We couldn’t be happier to offer this incredible bargain to you.