From Bordeaux to Burgundy to Languedoc to Alsace to the Rhone, importer Franck Kakou gets some real gems.
The 2011 Cote Du Rhone Villages “Signargues” from Domaine des Amariniers is one of his brighter finds. This estate is only 7 acres or so, and the wine is a 75 percent grenache and 25 percent syrah cuvee, both of which are blended in stainless steel and held for six months, and allowed to bottle rest for another year.
The wine is just a dream of elegance and deliciousness. I am amazed that the French can craft an estate-bottled red from a historically famous region and sell it here for $10. The stuff sports a nice nose of anise, smoked meats and an inviting red cherry and spice nuance.
Tannins are reserve and quite balanced. It’s ready to drink but it should keep well for another two to four years. Although, I do not feel it will improve much over that time. If your wine store can’t find it, contact European Wine Imports in Cleveland.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.