Kirkland Cotes Du Rhone Villages – 2013

I LOVE blends.  More specifically, I love southern Rhone blends.  The SouthWest region of France is home to the Rhone Valley.  An exquisite growing region for Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes . . . the little lovelies that are used in this heavenly concoction.  And Kirkland (Costco) has found another gem for their wine empire.

Right away, the nose on this wine is slightly smoky, yet you can definitely sense the dark fruit lingering behind it.  On the tongue, it’s like velvet, with a hint of tannins at the finish.  Not so much that it removes the moisture from your mouth. . but just enough to make you salivate for more.  Really a wonderfully long finish.  And at less than $7 a bottle. . .this is a steal.

I feel it might help explain this wine by including the notes from the back label.  Here goes:

*Only 1/5 of wines produced in the Southern Rhone’s Cotes Du Rhone qualifies for the superior designation of Cotes Du Rhone Villages.  Vintner Patrick Lesec is recognized among the top winemakers in the region, and his wines are among the finest in France.  He brings decades of experience in the Rhone to this Kirkland Signature Cotes Du Rhone Villages.*

– quoting – “Syrah delivers the deep black fruit concentration and smooth chocolate.  Grenache adds balanced harmony, warmth and fruit forward notes of black plum and blackberry.  Mourvedre gives the sense of sweet earth to this classic blend from the Rhone.” – Patrick Lesec – Winemaker

So if you enjoy the smooth, smoky nature of a fine Cotes Du Rhone blend, pick up a bottle (or six) at your local Costco.


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