Wine of the Day July 1, 2013

2011CoteauxTraversCdR2011 Domaine de Coteaux des Travers, Cotes du Rhone “Cuvee Char a Vin” red, Rhone Valley, France.
This stylish red from the Rhone Valley is highly entertaining and a super value, another gem from importer Charles Neal, so be sure to look for it.  This forward and lush wine gives lots and lots of pleasure with loads of terroir and Grenache richness, it starts with a mixed flower bouquet with dusty rocks and lavender leading to a round palate of boysenberry, plum and wild strawberry fruits, hints of cinnamon stick, cracked pepper and licorice add complexity to this easy to love Rhone wine. This ripe, but fresh Cotes du Rhone could easily pass as a Gigondas or something way above it’s price class, this is a fun and classy effort from Coteaux des Travers, drink over the next year or so, though it should go on being very enjoyable for another 3-5 years.
($15 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive