- 2015 Richette Cotes du Rhone (France) $8.49 (@Costco; California)
In last week’s wine review and post, I discouraged you from purchasing a particular Cote du Rhone (CDR) bottling from Trader Joe’s:
I was feeling a little badly about that because the region produces some incredible wine values. So I set out to find one, and am very pleased to be sharing this gem from Costco with you just in time to stock up for your holiday imbibing, gift giving, and party planning. And as you can see above, the wine can even rock an ugly Christmas ensemble with the best of ’em!
This is a big, sexy Cotes du Rhone that has no hard edges, loads of berries and dark fruits, spice, cocoa and with a great texture. It even has the typical flavors of garrique (flavors of authenticity imparted by the low scrub brush that shares the valley with the vineyards) on its lovely finish.
The Southern Rhone is situated in a large, sprawling valley, shaped by the course of the Rhone River. A Mediterranean climate makes the Southern Rhone Valley one of the warmest wine growing regions in France.
Grape varieties that thrive in the region are well-suited to the hot, humid summers, and Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre are by far the most common plantings.
All these factors result in French wines that have more in common with the “new world” wines of California than the old world wines of France. Better still, the region produces wines of incredible value. Take this Richette for example. The esteemed Wine Advocate bestowed an impressive 90 point score on this little beauty, and you can buy it for less than $10 a bottle!