Rhone, 2011. Reserve Des Capucins

Rhone, 2011. Reserve Des Capucins

Item #: V0814R1IF
Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Cotes du Rhone
Vineyard/Appellation: Cotes du Rhone, France
Color: Magenta
Nose: Spice with touches of raspberry and cherry
Palate: Pure berry and spice with some smoke
Finish: Earthy and long lasting
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2017/Alcohol - 13.5%

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Reserve des Capucins is grown in the Southern Rhone Valley, in the Vaucluse and Gard districts. The hills are gently sloped and the soils are comprised of limestone and clay which help neutralize grape acidity and retain water in a dry and warm climate. It is crafted by Leon Perdigal Cotes du Rhone, which was named after the first cellarmaster from the largest cellars in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourv?dre this classic offering is worthy of its classy package.

Beginning as a trade route for the Ancient Greeks, the Rhone Valley was quickly recognized for its unique rocky soil and imposing weather. It became a location for wine production when the Romans arrived in 125 BC. Cotes du Rhone stretches from Vienne to Avignon with 85,000 acres in the Southern part of Rhone Valley. Over 6,000 winemakers make Cotes du Rhone wine, which is one of the leading red wine areas in France.

Climate and the different types of soil have influenced the grape varieties over centuries of cultivation. Each variety conveys its own specific character, which, when blended with other varieties, results in the production of well-balanced and finely tuned wines. Grenache, the main grape variety for red wines, offers this wine fruitiness, warmth and body. Syrah and Mourvedre donate a hint of spice, as well as depth of color and strength to the wine, enabling it to age well. This is such a classic combination of grapes that it can now be found in many wine producing countries from Spain, Australia, South Africa and the Americas with success in almost all cases.

In the glass, it is as aromatic as we thought it would be with a lovely nose of red fruits raspberries, cherries, some blackcurrant and slightly smoky character with hints of spice and licorice. We tried this wine right after opening and it was wonderful but noticeably improved while sitting in the glass. So let it breathe and open up a bit and you will be rewarded with a classy wine which can be enjoyed with or without food, although a duck breast with green peppercorn sauce would do quite nicely.

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