The 2006 vintage of the Paul Jaboulet Parallele 45 Cote du Rhone is currently on sale in this area for $11 a bottle. Sunday night was about a good steak from the grill and a pyramid of curried couscous set on a bed of dandelion greens.
The wine is 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. Lots of bright cherry cola flavors from the Grenache and a little bit of darker, crisper fruit from the Syrah made this a bargain at the price. Good acid, a wee bit of soft tannin and a nice pleasant finish paired well with the meat. The soft tannin and the 13% alcohol also meant it went well with the heat from the curry powder in the couscous. Good wine for the next couple of years.
Still working on more California notes.