Full-Bodied Red From Rasteau Just Outside Chateauneuf du Pape
The New York Times published an article titled “The Rising Stars of French Winemaking.” The article talks about two lesser known appellations, Cairanne and Rasteau, as being the new stars of the southern Rhone. Rasteau is the latest appellation to be promoted to “cru status” like Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and Chateauneuf du Pape. Most wines from Rasteau sell for $15-30 per bottle. The 2014 Cave de Rasteau La Domeliere Rasteau is just $12.97 per bottle and it’s a full-bodied red with plenty of concentration and structure. This is a lot of wine for the money!
Vinous 90 Points
Ruby-red. Spice-tinged aromas of red and blue fruit preserves and potpourri take on subtle incense and white pepper nuances with air. Juicy raspberry and boysenberry flavors open slowly, picking up a mineral quality that adds back-end lift and cut. Sweeter and fleshy on the finish, where the supple tannins fold smoothly into the juicy fruit. This is a pretty delicious and highly drinkable bottle of wine.-JR