Le Ruse Renard Cotes Du Rhone 2014

Lot 18, $15

Teri: Aaron and I have different viewpoints on this wine. The nose was full of black cherry and spice while the flavor was smooth plum and white pepper with tartness on the finish. Not very complex and a bit too oaky for my personal taste. 86 points

Aaron: The nose reminds me of black tar coating berries on a plank of oak.  The flavor is mild and smooth with some pepper at the end.  This was pleasant but still a little complex and I felt it was a nice middle of the road bottle.  90 points.


Le Coq Bleu Cotes du Rhone 2014

img_0259Lot 18, $20/bottle

Vivino Profile

Aaron: Light blueberry nose with lots of floral, violet undertones.  The flavor was mostly light berries with some leafy green branches which added some complexity but it wasn’t very ‘interesting’.  This is a lighter bodied wine if you don’t want something too full.  88 points

Teri: This Cotes du Rhone blends together flavors of cherry, herbs, and minerals with underlying hints of oak from start to finish. You will smell red berries and pepper on the nose, paralleled by similar pepper and oak on the finish. Smooth tannins and good body with flavors that will stand up to meat dishes and red sauces. 88 points 


Jacques Delatour Cotes du Rhone 2014

Jacques Delator Cotes du RhoneLot 18, $20/bottleIMG_8534

Aaron:  Not a winner … the nose reminds me of a bushy hedge covering a long wall along an overpriced neighborhood though there were some white and red roses every once in a while.  The flavor was bitter with lots of raspberry and young oak; sometimes you have to have a bad bottle to appreciate the good ones.  86 points

Teri: Grapefruit…yep…that is the primary flavor I taste within this wine on the first sip. A second sip makes way to more flavors of pepper, dark red fruits, but still primarily grapefruit with oak on the finish. It is not a bad grapefruit taste (by any means) but not like any other red wine I have had from France. 86 points 


E. Guigal Cotes Du Rohne 2011

PIMG_7635urchased from a local supermarket, price varies

E. Guigal Website

Aaron: Rose water with tiny red berries on this very subtle smell.  The flavor was pleasant with some vanilla and cherry.  Only a touch of oak on the end.  I felt this was a pretty good value and enjoyable.  91 points

Teri: Taking after a classic French red, this wine Cotes Du Rhonehas an earthy nose of mushroom and spice followed by an enjoyable blend of earth and fruit flavors within the taste. I highly enjoyed the flavors of plum and blackberry which blended into earthy oak and a hint of black pepper. Overall, very easy to drink and great flavors from start to finish. 90 points