Wine Of The Week (13)

It’s the first Wine of The Week in 2011!  And of course I am getting this post up a little late… apologies, our sommelier was a little behind on getting me the title (poor David is sick!) and I spent yesterday exhausted.  I promise: this isn’t signs of what’s to come!

So, let’s get down to buisness.

This wine we are looking at comes from Chateau Rayas, but unlike its older sibling the Châteauneuf-du-Pape this one is less known.  I am going to forewarn you, there’s a catch.  First the wine: it is the Chateau Rayas “La Pialade” Cotes du Rhone.  Notice I didn’t offer a vintage.  That’s the catch.  According to David he loved the 2003, 2005, 2006 and the current 2007.  So whatever you have access to, go for it!  This is a great everyday light to medium bodied red.  Great with an easy dinner.  Just don’t buy the 2004… our sommelier was not a fan.  I guess the lesson here (and fitting for the new year!), is “oh what a difference a year makes!”

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