Monday, November 16, 2009

2007 J. Vidal Fleury Cotes du Rhone


The 2006 of this wine was fairly good. 2007 is the same price--6.99 at Trader Joes. Peppery nose, with cherries and berries, and a little bit of heat. Mouthfeel wise, this wine is a lot riper than the 06, and is a little sleeker in my opinion. There's a little bit of an earthy, beefy, gamey note that comes out on the finish (which is a bit short). This is not a bad value by any means. Some people might prefer this to the Perrin Cotes du Rhone, which is the same price. Personally, I like the Perrin, but I wouldn't complain about this. The Perrin is quite a bit more balanced, has more depth and, frankly, has better bones. For 7$, though this is fairly good. B+/A- Interestingly, my palate has clearly changed, because I do not view this wine in the same light as the 06. I've had the 06 recently, and it is good, but I think this is a great illustration of the fact that the more you drink, and the more you have the ability to taste some really good shit, the more likely it is that you will find a lot of bottles in this price range to be a bit lacking. 

2 comments:

CabFrancoPhile said...

You've been prolific on the Italians and cheap Rhones lately. Very educational stuff.

I've been getting some interesting results from google analytics. A TJ's wine is by far the top page, other than the homepage. Cameron Hughes reviews and my Shiraz rant are doing pretty well, too. There's also a pattern on page hits emerging. Hits bottom out on the weekend, then peak back up by Thursday or Friday. I guess I should aim to post on weekdays mainly.

Jeff said...

I have a lot of stuff sitting around that I haven't had a chance to drink, and it's piling up, so I'm a lot more likely to open up something interesting...

I get the same pattern here. Interesting about the Cameron Hughes wine...I think that people turn to the internet for anything that isn't covered. So you're not going to see Wine Spectator write up a TJ's or Cameron Hughes wine, but they'll probably give a score to most branded Napa Cabs, and that's what's relevant on search. Also, I think the lower on the price scale you go, or the more obscure, the less likely you'll have any competition from other bloggers. You end up ranking because there is no other content that is relevant.

70% of the hits on this blog are from Google searches...which means that there are few regular readers and most people stumble across by accident...probably when they are looking for something not covered anywhere else.

I also think that a lot of people are messing around at work...which explains the mid-week thing. Have you ever perused Twitter at work? If you did that, you might get the impression that no one is working...

I'm trying to decide what to po open tonight...not sure. I have a lot of Chinon, and I went up and picked up that 20$ 04 Beaurenard CDP from K&L this weekend for comparison. I also have some samples that I want to try, and a Riesling from the Finger Lakes in New York that I tracked down from Heimler. Too many choices....