Chateau Saint Jean Rhone 2010

Purchased from Costco, $6.99

Aaron:  I enjoyed this, plain and simple.  It was different, it was unique, it was not what I generally look for in wines and it certainly merits a trial.  The rich, dark color is mirrored with a strong smell of peppery red fruits.  This was a nice balance as the nostrils filled with a spicy sensation but were immediately cooled by the lush fruitiness.  The taste was also very pleasant and filled out after the first few sips.  This moderately complex wine featured a smooth, gentle finish which paired well with the balanced, red fruits.  My favorite part was a distinct green apple flavor (and as we know from previous posts I am not a superstar when it comes to pinpointing specific tastes).  While this seems out of place in a red wine I felt it was unique without going off the deep end and appreciated the ambitious experimentation.  As I said above, this deserves a trial and is a pleasant contrast to the Napa wines we usually prefer. 92 points

Teri:  This was a great pick from the local Costco. On the nose, this wine has hints of red fruits and spice with a full round taste and smooth tannins. The wine is bold and full bodied and sits kindly on the palate leaving a smooth shorter finish. I could distinctly make out a hint of cherry and slight pepper on the finish. Great traditional flavors you find in French wines. This one is a good bottle to try for an evening in or take it out with you (as long as the corking fee is reasonable!) 90 points

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