Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone 2009 (Rhone Valley, France)
14%, Screwcap, $19
I’m liking these two cheeky imports from Fourth Wave (this and the La Vendetta). Both are essentially quite simple quaffing wines, but at the same time they show well enough regional flavour and style for some love. If your looking for some more Rhone in your life then this is right up there for under a lobster.
A rather Grenache dominated is this, with that juicy, earthen red cherry nose of Grenache goodness. It’s a pretty and juicy, slightly stinky nose of simple fruit (can’t see much oak in here, probably all old) with a slightly roasted edge. Palate is juicy, simple and slightly roasted with a hint of pepper and some more juicy fruit. Lightly grainy tannins. Warmish finish.
It’s probably not going to get any better, and it’s hardly earth shattering in it’s penetration, but regional fun this is. 16.5/88