The 2017 Les Garrigues Cotes du Rhone has 13.5% alcohol, cost about $15, and scored 16+ Dionysian points.  It was decanted for air, not sediment. It is still purple-edged, with pepper, spice and black fruits on the nose. The longer it was in the glass, the more it improved. The Grenache seems to show the most even though it’s a blend of Rhone grapes.


Nearly two years old since its harvest, the wine was enjoyable. It is a Skurnik selection and was fine with the beef.

I try to experience very young wines so that I can appreciate the additional complexity of aged wines. This Cotes du Rhone won’t go for decades, but can age another six to ten years.  At my age, that’s perfect aging potential.  In Vino Veritas.