The best Rhone under $15 is only $11 WS88

October 18, 2010 Daily Drinkers  No comments

La Font du Vent bottleRobert Parker called the 2007 vintage in Southern Rhone “the greatest vintage I have tasted in my 30 years working in that region… Moreover, the vintage is remarkably consistent from top to bottom”.  That quality and consistency might be perfectly expressed in the 2007 Font du Vent Cotes du Rhone-Villages Notre Passion Signor, which is the best Rhone value I’ve tasted all year.  This wine would probably be good in an average vintage, but in an historic vintage like 2007, it’s incredible.  This $11 Cotes-du-Rhone Villages tastes like a pretty good Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  That’s really saying something.

Everything about this wine is well put together, fresh and elegant.  Like most wines of this style, it’s not influenced by a lot of oak, though half of it does see some time in barrels.  The bouquet of strawberry and honey leads into a firm attack that has a perfect balance of fruit and mineral flavors on the palate.  I literally can’t understand how someone can grow, ferment, blend, bottle and ship a wine of this quality for $11, but I’m really glad they did.

I can’t think of a better daily drinker red than this awesome Rhone.  Buy a case of this and the 2007 Sean Minor “Four Bears” Cabernet we wrote up in July, and you will have 24 evenings of daily drinking pleasure.  I can’t overstate the value of either of these wines.  I taste hundreds of different wines a year, and these are at the top of the heap in terms of value.

Buy Here: 2007 Font du Vent Cotes du Rhone-Villages Notre Passion Signor

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Wine Spectator 88 points

“A nice pure beam of raspberry and red cherry fruit is supported by cocoa powder and graphite notes. The fresh, stylish finish has good underlying grip. Drink now through 2010. 3,100 cases made.”

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