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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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David et Denis Alary 1993 "Font d'Estévenas" Cairanne Côtes-du-Rhône Villages non-filtré ($14.99)
This "old-fashioned" Rhone came very highly recommended, and it's a fine example of the genre indeed, but I still have a hard time getting my mind wrapped around a $15 price tag for a Cotes-du-Rhone. Still, as you'll see from the comparison that it inspires, it might just be worth it ...
Inky dark garnet color. Plums, fragrant black pepper and a pleasant whiff of lavendar seguing into garrigues, the natural herbal scent of Provence. Flavors are consistent with the nose, full and earthy; juicy fruit built on a structure of firm, lemon-squirt acidity. It bears an odd but compelling resemblance to Domaine Tempier Bandol, a with-it bottling that commands an even higher price. Importer: Weygandt-Metzler, Unionville, Pa (Aug. 11, 1997)

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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