Sunday, May 09, 2010

Chapelle St Arnoux Vacqueyras 2007 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Nice beam of cherry, currants, and resinous herbs on the nose

Densely textured and firm

Moderately tannic finish with more cherry and herbs along with pepper


This wine took a while to open up, and improved drastically as it came up in temperature from the cellar. It developed more fruit but also more "garrigue" herbal notes like lavendar and dill.

Rhone wines have been remarkably good in recent years. Chateauneuf-du-pape leads the way but Vacqueyras wines such as this can deliver incredible value. I paid only $11 for this bottle on sale, although $15 seems to be more typical. Raise a glass!

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