what: Les Acanthes ’12 Côtes du Rhône, France
ABV: 13.5 percent
With the spice, flavor and honest value of a classic Côtes du Rhône, this wine, from the co-op in Tavel, really delivers at this price point. This is grenache country, hence the blend of 63 percent grenache, 17 percent syrah, 14 percent carignan, and 6 percent mourvedre, grown in incredibly rocky soil in the warm climes of the southern Rhône, just across the river from the more famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This is old-school Côtes du Rhône with moderate alcohol, good acids and nice fruit. Definitely worth a look!
The wine was nice with grilled pork tenderloin, roasted sweet potatoes and sautéed brussels spouts. You might also try with burgers topped with melted Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar.
The 80-member co-op also produces excellent rosé in several different styles (the Tavel AOC is a rosé only), but the grapes are the same.
Serve with a slight chill.
Appearance: Dark purple with a lighter magenta rim.
Nose: Ginger, spice and dark fruit.
Taste: Soft tannins, good acidity and a long tasty finish. — Richard Fadeley
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