Domaine Chapelle St.-Joseph 2003 Vacqueyras ($20.99)
Clear, dark garnet. Raspberries and cherry liqueur and a subtle earthy whiff of "forest floor." Mouth-filling and ripe, earthy cherry-berry flavors reflect the nose. A good backbone of acidity, just a hint of tannic astringency, and a bit of alcoholic warmth in the finish that tastes hotter than the label's 14% statement suggests. Still, it's well balanced and full, clearly a cousin of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and substantiates the premise that the Southern Rhone handled the super-hot vintage of 2003 with more style than many of their more northerly neighbors. US Importer: International Vineyard Products Ltd., Columbus, Ohio. (Nov 3, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: A wine that needs, and rewards, a pairing with rare red meat; it was fine with papper-crusted, pan-seared, local grass-fed rib eyes.

WEB LINK: N/A

FIND THIS WINE ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com

Wine notes in 'shelf-hanger' format:
We publish Wine Lovers' Page tasting reports in the familiar "shelf-hanger" size and format, to make it easy for wine merchants or collectors to print them out, clip and post them where this wine is displayed. We do ask, however, that the WineLoversPage.com name, logo and URL be left intact, and that these reports be used with the specific wines rated, not different bottlings or vintages.

Our tasting policy:
All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I accept no free samples from wineries or distributors, purchasing all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

View the previous tasting note: Château Beauchêne 2005 Côtes-du-Rhône Villages
View the next tasting note: Pastou 2006 "La Côte de Sury" Sancerre Vieilles Vignes