SRP of $12 (source price of $16) and available for as low as $10. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"Story: This Cotes du Rhone comes from vineyards in the south of France situated on rolling terrain where the vines meander up and around undulating hills. Grenache and Syrah grapes thrive in this hot and dry climate and produce wines that are hearty in style but seductive in taste. If you are looking for a crowd-pleaser with character then look no further.
Taste: Bold red in color with a ruby hue. In the nose, you'll find concentrated aromas of wild cherry and blackberry fruit alongside more exotic flavors of anise, white pepper, cocoa, and fig. Full but firm in texture with a burst of berries and spice on the palate. This wine is an ideal match for juicy roasts, savory stews, and even mom's meatloaf. If there was such a thing as "comfort" wine, this would be it!
The 2012 90 Plus Cellars Lot 30 Cotes du Rhone begins with very pleasant aromas of ripe plum, red and black cherry plus a little anise, pepper and other spice. Tasting the wine reveals tons of juicy blackberry and other dark berry fruit, black cherry and excellently integrated spice. Those hints of anise from the nose also continue along with some other dried herbs. It ends tart and dry with good length. This is a simply delicious wine and a great example of a Southern Cotes du Rhone red.