Friday, July 22, 2011

2007 Paul Jaboulet-Aine COTES DU RHONE "Parallele 45" (Southern France)

Another CDR I had tucked away for the "Big Three" 2007 tasting (along with Chapoutier and Guigal) that wasn't, this is also a fine example -- quality way above its entry level station.  60% Grenache, 40% Syrah.

Dark blackish ruby with a little brickishness at the rim.  Great nose of deep, dark berry fruit, roasted herbs,  iodine-infused minerals, and smoky peat.  Low-toned, minerally blackberry fruit in the mouth with some soft tannin for structure.  Bone dry, but with mouthfilling flavor presence.  Long finish with no heat at all.  B+  Was $9 and change at Spec's over a year ago, so this vintage may not still be available, but if it is, get some.

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