Cotes du Rhone Rive Droite Rive Gauche 2017
The Wine Society - RH50701 £7.75
Tasting date - 15/12/2018
Appearance - Medium ruby
Nose intensity - Medium minus
Primary aroma - Redcurrant, red cherry, plum, strawberry, simple
Secondary aroma - None
Tertiary aroma - No bottle evolution
Sweetness - Dry
Acidity - Medium
Tannin and nature - Medium ripe and soft
Alcohol - High alcohol
Body - Medium plus
Intensity - Medium
Primary flavours - Redcurrant, red cherry, plum, strawberry, simple
Secondary flavours - None
Tertiary flavours - No bottle evolution
Finish - Medium but slightly burning
Quality - Good
A simple red fruited wine with tannins on the lower level could send you many places; Beaujolais, Valpolicella, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Loire Cabernet Franc. The key elements to focus on here would be alcohol, acidity and lack of ripe nature of the fruit.
Most common red fruited wines are usually from a cooler climate and would often show a medium level of alcohol and maybe higher levels acidity. Other than Pinotage, there are very few varieties that show that fruit spectrum with the associated warm/hot climate traits.
This sort of wine would often appear to show the diversity of the grape - try it against a Mclaren Vale example, Priorat ( or similar) and a top quality Southern Rhone to really get a grip on the variety. Don’t forget that a Rose would be a neat fit in a Grenache line-up.