Thursday, January 8, 2009

Santa Duc 2006 'Les Vieilles Vignes' (France)

This Cote du Rhone is a blend of old vines varietals (Vieilles Vigne), no mention as to what they are but you can assume that Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache are probably in here. In Ontario it sells for a paltry $15, which is a relative cheap (read: well priced) wine for a Vintages release. When first opened the wine was exciting; a nose of smoked cherries and spiced vanilla, the palate showed plums, spiced cherries and vanilla. Within half-an-hour this wine became boring and bland with little of its former spicy-glory. No plums, no cinnamon, no cherries; it's all blackberries - that's it, that's all, not even the 14% alcohol can save it. I recommend drinking this one quickly after opening, but if you're looking for something with staying power and complexity, look elsewhere.

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