Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2010 Piaugier “La Grange de Piaugier” Cotes-du-Rhone, Red France.
The 2010 Rhone wines are stunning, what a vintage, it has it all, color, intensity, vibrancy and balancing acidity, and this Piaugier Cotes-du-Rhone is a great example showing vintage and terroir. Charles Neal Selections is importing this wine and I must give kudos to him for holding the price down on what is already a killer deal, and with the class and depth of this wine it could easily sell for almost twice the price and make people happy. The 2010 La Grange de Piaugier shows floral, mineral and earthy spices on the nose with dark plum, boysenberry, kirsch and licorice on the palate with crushed hot stones, pepper and lavender oil all playing roles as the layers unfold. The Piaugier stays focused with tangy acidity and while there is a sweet element to the ripe fruit it always remains lively and fresh.
($12 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive
Available at www.sfwtc.com ($10.95)