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Wine of the Week – 2015 Les Dauphins Cores Du Rhone Villages - $11.99

3/9/2017, 11 a.m.
Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Villages ($11.99) is a delicious French red wine that is made with organic grapes. From ...

Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Villages ($11.99) is a delicious French red wine that is made with organic grapes. From France's Southern Rhone Valley, the wine is created from a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 5% Mouvedre and 5% Carignan, in a 40 year old vineyards. The grapes were harvested at optimum maturity and fermented in small temperature controlled tanks, thus preserving the fullest flavor of the bright, fresh fruit flavors of the Grenache grape. This is a wine that truly expresses the land and the environment from which it came, completely without the use of any fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. It is true to the 'terroir," that unique blend of soil, climate and place that makes a wine like this a unique experience. This is a fresh, young wine with a vibrant Ruby red color and intense flavors and aromas of spicy black currant, a hint of black peppercorns and in-your-face aromas of blackberries, ripe black raspberries and dark plums. There's a touch of licorice candy that, combined with the soft tannins, give the wine a nice, long finish in the back of the mouth. This is a great red wine to serve slightly chilled at lunchtime with a variety of salads, hot or cold pasta dishes and roasted or grilled meats that are just 'passed over' the fire with a brushing of olive oil, garlic and herbs of Provence. A plate steaming pasta made with fresh Basil pesto and a few grinds of fresh Asiago or Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper makes for a simple, but perfect light lunch combination.