Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Updated Review: ** $ Rhone Rebel Cotes du Ventoux, France

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By way of background: The Rhone Rebel Cotes du Ventoux is a budget-priced red rhone wine, produced in France and finished at 13.5% alcohol.  The 2005 version is five years from vintage date, and was finished at 13.5% alcohol.  

Original Review, January, 2010: 

In the glass: Rhone Rebel shows as medium deep red in the glass.

On the nose: Poured without a decant and swirled vigorously, this red rhone offers a light, bright raspberry aroma.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a bright red currant mid palate flavor,  followed by sour cherry in your cheeks. 

And the finish: The raspberries fade in your cheeks, held on by light acids.

In summary: Overall, a light but pleasant experience. Rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following a two-day decant by vacuum in a partially-opened bottle, the Rhone Rebel shows a consistent nose, but a deeper palate buttressed by just-ripe plums.  Could almost - but not quite - win a plus for its growing weight. 

Updated review, about two years later,  January, 2012:  Still medium deep red, showing some brick edges.  Aromas are of deep, funky red fruit.  May have passed its prime. Still brings red currants to your palate and cheeks, without much sour cherry.  Clean finish, but not distinctive.  

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