I find Cotes du Rhone wines in general much like an exciting old love. Something you just keep coming back to that satisfies but not always the most exciting wine on the rack.

I opened an online Wines Till Sold Out purchase and gave it a considerable decant Sunday and found it remarkably quaffable. The 2007 La Devexe Cotes du Rhone is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault.

It has big enough fruit with uneven tannins that seem to hit you one minute as too oakey and the next as about right. It does come in at 14 percent alcohol.

It’s dark purple with a hint of sweetness. It’s really a nice pairing with food. I had the wine Sunday night with a sweet-sour marinated pork roast. It was great.

Interestingly, I bought this on WTSO’s Cheapskates Day of value wine. They reported the normal list price as $19.99 but it sold for $11.99 with a four bottle minimum purchase for free shipping.

At $11.99 it’s a great buy and a great wine. At. $19.99, the wine falls to just okay.
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