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Domaine Roche Côtes du Rhone 2017 – Solid with Somewhat-Reserved Fruit and an Elegant Mouthfeel

Domaine Roche, Côtes du Rhone 2017, Rhone, France, Wine Casual

Domaine Roche, Côtes du Rhone 2017, Rhone, France

Tasting Note: A Côtes du Rhone with solid, somewhat-reserved fruit and an elegant mouthfeel.

Deep-intensity purple in color, this wine has a medium-intensity nose of strawberry, rhubarb, red plum and blackberry with hints of forest floor and blossom.

On the palate the dry, medium-bodied Côtes du Rhone has medium-intensity, red-and-black-fruit flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium acidity and well-integrated, medium tannin ultimately completing with a medium finish.

There are punctuated moments of midpalate complexity.

The wine is very balanced and pleasing to the senses.

A Côtes du Rhone for any season.

Bottle Note: Domaine Roche is 20 hectares of vineyards, 50 years old. It is located in the Southern Rhône Valley, in Cairanne, on a terroir of clay-limestone. This wine is a blend of grenache, syrah and old vine carignan.

Rating: 89 points
Price: $16 (I paid $12)
Alcohol: 14.5%
Importer: Free Run LLC, Seattle, Washington
Tasted: Home
Tasting Date: April 29, 2021

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