March 26, 2008

Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2005

JLClesabeilles.jpgVARIETAL: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
REGION: Cotes du Rhone, France
PRICE: $11

Sometimes I just need to try things in pairs. Thus, my decision to review an actual Rhone red right on the heels of the Aussie version. I find that tasting similar wines in groups gives me perspective, and a deeper appreciation of the similarities and differences. But to the point, if you have never tried a Jean-Luc Colombo wine, please do. As soon as possible. His passion for winemaking and love of his land are evident in every bottle. In fact, you'll find quite a few red and white selections in the $10-$20 range that are all remarkable for the money. The Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone is an intense blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre. It looks like purple ink in the glass and differs from yesterday's Australian Rhone blend in that it is much more earthy, and a significantly spicier pick. You get wafts of saddle leather and spice mingling with currants, plums, dried blueberries and raspberries and shots of anise. It is a no brainer in the winter with braised lamb shanks, but will just as easily pair with any number of grilled meats in the warmer months. I know I'll never decide if I prefer old-world to new, stylistically speaking. For me, deciding what wine to open is entirely based on mood and food. But you should try for yourself. Are you old-world or new-world?
Check it out, s'il vous plait: Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone Red

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Posted by Noël Wallace at March 26, 2008 10:41 PM
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