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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Wine Week: Ortas Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Viguiers 2007

This is a lighter red than a typical Cotes du Rhone, but that makes it the kind of red wine that goes with everything from pizza to pork. Great with a casual dinner of little nibbles or various cold meats. The winery says it will stand up to calves liver and we'll take its word for that.

Made from mostly grenache grapes grown on a small chalky hillside outside the southern France village of Rasteau, the Ortas Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Viguers 2007 is an inexpensive way ($10) to drink a French red wine that Wine Spectator rated 89. But buy it and drink it this year. It's not going to improve in the bottle the way more expensive wines do.

It is light ruby colored with lots of red fruit such as boysenberry and cranberry along with spice cake and a slightly peppery finish.

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