Uninspiring, But Not Unenjoyable Côtes du Rhône

Thankfully, I’m at the tail end of the plague that is still circulating around my office. I’m tired of being sick and I miss drinking wine. Plus, as I look back on my tasting note backlog, I wonder if these wines have all been on my “waiting list” because they are mostly ones that just didn’t speak to me. For example, my notes on for the 2006 Du Peloux Côtes du Rhône La Grande Cuvée are fairly sparse. I drank it alone and paired it with food, but neither experience prompted me to gush or rant about the wine. It just was what it was; so, I drank it, I wrote about it, but I just never felt inspired.

The 2006 Du Peloux Côtes du Rhône La Grande Cuvée had a purple core that was transitioning to ruby. On the nose, there were strawberry, raspberry, and violet aromas, followed by a hint of white pepper, cloves, and nutmeg. In the mouth, the spices faded, but the strawberry, raspberry, and white pepper flavors remained. The wine was a little hot, with medium acidity, tannins, and body.

Is this worth a glass after work? Sure…you won’t be drinking anything out of the ordinary, but you’ll definitely have a decent, reliable glass of wine. At $15, this wine was good, but not very memorable. I paired it wine with a meatball parmigiana sub from our local Italian restaurant, which definitely helped give a little more depth in the taste of the wine, but the wine was actually fine on its own.

Overall: 3 Corks

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