Chapelle St Arnoux Vacqueyras 2007 Wine Review (NW)
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!