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Rhône Valley Wines

Much larger in scale than Burgundy is the Rhône Valley wine region. From the alcoholic and powerful highs of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, through the dense elegance of the Syrah wines of appellations like Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage, this is predominantly red wine country. Rich and generous, these wines appeal to wine drinkers used to California reds. And, just like Bordeaux, there is also great value to be found in this region: wines labelled Côtes du Rhône. If they have a village name attached (Rasteau and Seguret are among the best), they will be that much better even if more expensive. Search our Rhône Valley wine guide’s hundreds of Rhône Valley wine reviews for more details on individual wines and for our comprehensive database of Rhône Valley wine ratings.

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Caves des Papes 2005 Heritage Rose Red (Côtes du Rhône)

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This dark salmon rosé--a dry blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre--charms with its aromas of stone dust and strawberries. It's medium-bodied, not as rich as some southern Rhône rosés, but offers pretty strawberry and peach fruit with touches of herbs and minerals. Drink now.

 — J.C.  (7/1/2007)
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Jean-Luc Colombo 1996 La Louvée Red (Cornas)

Out of magum, this wine shows thinning fruit and some elevated acids and tannins. Dried cherries, tobacco and cedar are pleasant, but this wine needs to be consumed soon.

 — J.C.  (4/1/2007)
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Jean-Luc Colombo 2005 Les Abeilles White (Côtes du Rhône)

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A blend of the typical southern Rhône white grapes, along with some Viognier, this is a full, fat wine, but one which is leavened with delicious fruit flavors and an enticing floral aroma. Drink now.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2006)
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Château Beauchêne 2003 Le Pavillon de Château Beauchêne Red (Côtes du Rhône)

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For a simple Côtes du Rhône, this blend of 75% Grenache with Syrah is dense, smooth and supple. There are great red fruit flavors and soft tannins. This is ready to drink now, a fine barbecue wine.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2006)
86
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Domaine des Coccinelles 2005 Rouge Red (Côtes du Rhône)

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Named after ladybugs and packaged accordingly, this is an all-around good effort. Plum and cherry aromas and flavors are tinged with chocolate, and there’s a supple, creamy texture to the palate. No great intensity or length, just a solid, workaday red at a reasonable price.

 — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
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Domaine des Coccinelles 2005 White (Côtes du Rhône)

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Slightly floral on the nose, then adds apple, mineral and anise on the broad, mouthfilling palate. Tails off a bit on the finish, so catch this wine in its youth, while it’s still fresh.

 — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
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