Monday, April 23, 2012

2010 Domaine de Dionysos CAIRANNE Cotes du Rhone Villages "La Cigalette"(Southern France)

Intensely earthy and closed on day 1, it really blossomed on day 2.  Almost like two different wines.  It's a really flavorful but civilized Rhone blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 10 % Mourvedre, and 5% Carignane.

Incredibly vibrant -- almost vibrating! -- magenta-tinged deep ruby.  Intensely stony, lively nose.  Crunchy plums and red berries, shot through with rock dust and a barely perceptible rosemary/pine resin note in the back.  Incredibly pure-tasting.  Dry, but with ripe cherry liqueur flavors, minus the alcohol and sweetness, and again with the rock dust.  Loads of fine-grained tannin, good acids, and a very lengthy, stony, pure finish.  A very nice wine.  But if you're drinking it over the next 18 months, be sure to let it breathe or pour it through a Vinturi.  A-.  Imported by Serge Dore Selections.  Was $12.99 from, making it an excellent buy.

1 comment:

Richard Mauro Ricchiuti said...

Hey Tom, I enjoyed reading about you and how you rate the wines. I just purchased 4 of these at WTSO. It sounds like an excellent value.