A Wine Lover’s Near Weekly Guide To $15 Wines – A Kosher Cotes Du Rhone

Cotes de Rhone is a basic appellation that often, but not always, represents a reliable, fairly well-priced wine. Of course, going Kosher means a price increase due to stringent growing, harvesting, and bottling requirements. This producer has been in business since 1991, possessing about 50 hectares (approximately 125 acres) of vineyards in addition to olive trees. Today’s wine is made from Syrah, Grenache Noir, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Carignan, and Caunoise grapes. It’s bottled in the Gard village of Saint-Hilaire d’Ozilhan. Get out your tourist guide; there are lots and lots of historic villages, castles, and museums in the region. To say nothing of wineries and vineyards. Today’s companion wine comes from many of the same grapes but carries a lesser appellation. It costs about two-thirds as much.

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Wine Reviewed Vignobles David Le Mourre de l’Isle 2009 Cotes de Rhone 14% alcohol about $12.

Let’s start by quoting the marketing materials. “Description : From his family-run winery, winemaker Frederique David has been producing impressive wines since 1992. His wines show tremendous regional typicity, offering newcomers to Cotes du Rhone a wonderful opportunity to experience the region at an approachable price. Tasting Note : The kosher reds really shine. Vignobles David Le Mourre de l’Isle Cotes du Rhone KP 2009 shows affordable chocolate/black cherry elegance. Score – 89+. (Gordon Stimmell, The Toronto Star, Feb. 25, 2011)” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was fairly long with good acidity. I didn’t taste the tannins. The tomatoey chicken wings appetizer bought out the drink’s cherries and tobacco, rendering it round. Upon pairing with the barbecued chicken main dish the wine’s acidity stepped up. It was lightly metallic and I tasted some tobacco. With potato salad that contained pickles this liquid sweetened. Its acidity increased and I tasted tannins in the background.

The next meal was a box of Baked Ziti Siciliano that I covered with grated Parmesan cheese. Now this CdR was long boasting good acidity and dark cherries. When paired with the tasty nut cake dessert our wine retained its characteristics.

My final meal centered on slow cooked beef ribs. This wine was mouth filling – a little bit went a long way and was full of dark, almost singed plums. The accompanying potatoes rendered this wine chewy and fruity. Green beans cooked in tomato sauce slightly unbalanced its acidity. Dousing the meat with lots of Louisiana hot sauce made this wine peppery.

Final verdict. I went out and bought a bottle of this wine, either to serve to visitors or to my wine club. Maybe I should buy a third bottle before it disappears from the shelves.

Levi Reiss authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but prefers drinking fine wine. He teaches computer classes at an Ontario French-language community college. His global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com features a weekly review of $10 wines. Visit his wine, nutrition, and health website www.wineinyourdiet.com .

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