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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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Mas de Libian 2004 Bout d'Zan Red (Côtes du Rhône)

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Very ripe and supple, with an almost creamy texture. Lots of mouthcoating cherry fruit is balanced by a touch of spice on the finish. The only blemish is a touch of sulfur on the nose; try decanting an hour or so in advance.  — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
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Montirius 2004 Red (Gigondas)

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This domaine’s home territory is Vacqueyras, and its 2004 Gigondas shows some ultraripe pruny notes accented by dried spices. Not that lively, with dried fruit flavors dominating. Drink now.  — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
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Montirius 2004 Grenache-Syrah (Vacqueyras)

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A big, somewhat bulky wine dominated by drying tannins and leathery notes. There’s enough raspberry fruit to provide short-term balance, so drink it soon with meats that can tame the tannic clout.  — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
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Notre Dame de Cousignac 2004 Hommage à Léon Ponnier Red (Côtes du Rhône)

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Compared to the 2005 regular cuvée, this is riper and rounder, but it’s still not a particularly lush wine. Berry and cherry flavors are bolder and more intense, touched by vanilla and coffee from barrel aging.  — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
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Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2004 La Grand Pompée Syrah (Saint-Joseph)

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Herbal at first, with hints of pepper and clove but not that much fruit. In the mouth, it shows decent roundness and texture, then turns tart on the finish. Try with herb-crusted lamb to help bring out the fruit.  — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
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Tardieu-Laurent 2004 Vieilles Vignes Rasteau Red (Côtes du Rhône Villages)

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Extraordinarily supple, with ripe cherry flavors and layers of dried spices. It’s certainly ripe enough and shows good fruit underneath, but it’s dominated by vanilla and oak-derived spice at this stage.  — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
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Les Vignerons D'Estezargues 2004 Terre de Mistral Red (Côtes du Rhône)

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A bit floral and herbal on the nose, but there are also peach and berry fruit flavors that end up carrying the day. Finishes a little short, picking up hints of Earl Grey tea amid a dusting of light tannins. From the co-op at Estézargues.  — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
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Vinsobraise 2004 Cuvée Emeraude Red (Vinsobres)

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This luxury cuvée from the Vinsobres co-op is very supple and easy to drink, but also rather dominated by oaky notes of cedar and vanilla. Drink now.  — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
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