2019 Cotes du Crow's
Cotes du Crow’s is a unique blend of the two noble, predominant red varietals of France’s southern Rhone Valley: grenache and syrah. Small amounts of tempranillo and cinsault are included – the earthy spice of tempranillo and soft bouquet of cinsault are beautiful complements to the grenache and syrah.
The wine was fermented in open top tanks and received manual punch-downs. This enabled good extraction and structure development with pleasant tannins. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels (seven percent new), giving subtle spice and vanilla characters without overpowering the elegant fruit profile.
This Rhone-style blend has a rich ruby color, highlighted by purple edges. Raspberry jam and sweet herbs jump out of the glass. The wine is medium-full bodied with soft tannins, offering flavors of strawberry hard candy and fresh plum. Its weight and balance make it a perfect pairing for anything off the grill.
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"This always satisfying blend of 62% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 5% Tempranillo and 4% Cinsault begins with aromas of dark-cherry compote, root beer and star anise, proving rather complex while still fresh. Roasted cherry and hickory-smoke flavors give a warm angle to the sip, where savory charcuterie and fig flavors also arise." - Matt Kettmann, April 2022
"A lovely Rhone-style blend that is a combination of 62% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 5% Tempranillo and 2% Cinsault that is aged for 10 months in 7% new French oak barrels with the rest neutral. Black raspberry, blue plum, ground white pepper, and a touch of smokey meat create a wine with medium body, medium tannins and a warm, solid finish. Enjoy this wine now or over the next 4-5 years." - Jeremy Young, December 2021
Double Gold Award - January 2022