2011 Domaine de L'Echevin Cotes du Rhone Villages....$19.99
80% Syrah and 20% Grenache
Domaine de L’Echevin’s Saint-Maurice is a densely packed, dark wine. Dominated by black fruit flavors from the Syrah, the wine exudes blackberry and cassis fruit flavors that are tempered by hints of cherry, black pepper, and garrigue notes from the Grenache. The wine is silky and long, with very firm tannins in the finish. In spite of the wine’s deep extraction, it also has bright acidity that, in addition to making it an excellent paring with grilled meats, should also greatly add to its longevity.
Ripe but racy, with sleek, violet-framed damson plum, cassis and raspberry fruit. A lovely mineral note extends the finish. Pure and defined. Drink now through 2015. 1,250 cases made.
Rated 90/100 Wine Spectator