Monday, August 22, 2011

Cotes du Rhone

There was a special on flank steak at the market the other day so we bought several, divided them in two and froze what we didn't fix the first night.  The first part was rubbed with garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt, chipotle powder and pepper and allowed to marinate for several hours.

When the steak came off the grill the top came off a bottle of Cave de Rasteau, Le Dome du Grand Bois, Cotes du Rhone from the 2009 vintage.  This was one of the wines in the mixed case discussed below.  The wine was a mixture of grenache, cinsault and carrignane.  Fruity, straightforward nose that had a few traces of spice and earth in it.  Purplish in the glass.  Good medium body and good fruit flavors of berries and earth.  Good tannin profile here, a fair amount of it, but the tannins were ripe and friendly.  This is a happy wine.  It takes no deep thought to enjoy it and it washes down good food  leaving a pleasant taste in the mouth.  It does it with little expense also.

There was some ratatouille to go along with the steak and the wine may have been even a better match with the eggplant, zucchini, squash, onions, and tomatoes in that dish.  Very tasty with the veggies.

13% alcohol and $12.50

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