2011 Domaine Amido, Lirac AC, Rhone Valley, France.
Wow! This is a tasty Rhone red that really over delivers with wonderful Grenache intensity and Chateauneuf like charms all for about $15, that is impressive wine for the buck. I was thrilled by the last vintage, so it is no fluke that Domaine Amido crafted another value priced gem and I say grab a case while it lasts. Charles Neal imports this winery and a big thank you to him for bringing in such a good wine at a fair price, I bet he could have asked a lot more and got it. The 2011 Domaine Amido Lirac is lush and giving with raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate and plum fruits leading the way with hints of cassis, pepper spices, lavender and anise. There is good round layers and medium/full body with nice acidity and earthy elements in the background. This cuvee is mostly Grenache with Syrah, Mourvedre and a few other grapes chucked in, all of which add complexity to the whole.
($15 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive
Avail at www.sfwtc.com ($14.95)