Thursday, February 17, 2011

Allure de Robles Rabbit Ridge 2009

Grabbed this at TJ's for $5 on the recommendation of Jason. I've never had this wine before--the last vintage that I looked at was over 15% alcohol which is getting into what I consider to be excessive. Maybe that's arbitrary, but I like to drink wine, and generally am not a fan of getting completely wasted. Anyways, this wine is pretty good for $5. A blend of Grenache, Mouvedre, and Syrah. Definitely a fruit bomb, with a lot of raspberry, vanilla, and pepper. Comes off a little "Coke-ish" in terms of mouthfeel (meaning a little too sugary and almost jammy), but at the same time, it has enough acidity to balance it all out relatively well. Went well with a pretty assertive penne that I made with caramelized red onions, spinach, portabello, sage, and pecorino. Well worth a look for a situation where you need a cheap fruit bomb. I don't think that this going to replace a real Cotes du Rhone anytime soon, but this is a good representation of what you can get out of California and unlike most other California wines, it's cheap. B

1 comment:

Sandra said...

Totally agree with Jeff. Jammy, high octane, drinkable-ish, especially with some blue cheese, but I won't buy anymore. 2 buck chuck is just as good, if not better. For the current $4.99 sale price at TJs you can get two and a half bottles of their chuck and be just as happy, but on 2.5 occasions.