I have a pizza with kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, pesto sausage, and goat cheese about to come out of the open, so I’ve grabbed a bottle of Rhone to enjoy with it. This is 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah, and is a Trader Joe’s brand.
Valreas “Cuvee Prestige” (2011) Cotes du Rhone Villages, France – $8.50
Aroma: ripe fruit; plums, blackberry, cassis, and a hint of grape and kirsch. Very clean on the nose.
Taste: big, fresh, ripe fruit. Thirstquenching. There’s just a touch of vanilla, pepper, and oak towards the finish, but the overall impression is fruit. If you tasted this blind, you might think it was from California.
Recommended – a great way to introduce yourself, or your friends, to the Rhone style, and it’s an impressive looking bottle that riffs on the Papal insignia of Avignon.