Sunday, February 9, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Andezon Cotes du Rhone, France, 2010 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Andezon Cotes du Rhone, France, 2010, finished at a big 14.5% alcohol.  It is a mix of 90% old vine syrah and 10% grenache from an area called the Gard.

In the glass: Deep magenta, a touch of muddy purple brick at the edge, opaque from a half inch in.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky balloon and deep purple fruit.  The funky balloon will surely disappear with some air.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fruity and deep.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact deep, velvet-lined red and black fruit robes, much as anticipated.  Fresh with bright acids and hints of licorice, with fruit and tannins sticking to your cheeks for thirty seconds.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making it a good value right upon opening.  Likely to improve and settle in with age or decant.

Following long decant, full day in partially filled bottle:  Purple deep aroma, while the palate shows furry red currants and plums.

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