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Item #: 350879
Bottle Size: 750ml
DOMAINE PALON 2016 COTES DU RHONE is available for purchase

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We love a good Rhone blend as they are often well-priced and pack a lot of punch for the money. Occasionally, one stands out that completely over-delivers. The 2016 Cotes du Rhone from Domaine Palon does just that and tastes like a wine costing two to three times its humble $9.95 price tag. We chose this as our Wine of the Month as it punches way above its weight and looks, smells and tastes like wine produced from the well-regarded village of Vacqueyras.

The amount of flavor packed into this wine is remarkable with big, juicy blackberry, black raspberry, plum, licorice, spice and garrigue. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and polished with silky smooth tannins which showcase the rich, lush fruit which lingers on the palate.

Domaine Palon is located at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail on the gentle mid-slope of Gigondas. This small domaine encompasses about 20 acres in the commune of Gigondas and 12 acres in Vacqueyras. The Palon family has farmed the land since the 1930s and sold wine to the local co-operative until Sebastien began bottling under the family name. The grapes for this wine come from a small 5 acre plot located in the commune of Vacqueyras. The grapes are picked by hand and carefully sorted to retain only the best berries.

This wine possesses impressive depth and fullness of body while remaining fresh and delicious. This is a fantastic wine which is complementary to most any type of food and very enjoyable on its own. It is an absolute steal at this price and one to purchase by the case and enjoy as an "everyday drinker."

Bright ruby in color with purple reflections. Aromatically expressive with notes of crushed violets, dark raspberries, cherries, plum, blackberry and baking spice. On the palate, this wine shows perfectly ripened fruit with Kirsch, blueberry, black raspberry, and a hint of baking spice. The mouthfeel is round and full-bodied yet balanced with beautiful, silky tannins. The overall impression is one that is harmonious with a wonderful polished texture, culminating in a surprisingly long finish. Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault.


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Country: France

France is one of the largest wine producers in the world. French wine traces its history to the 6th century BC, with many of France's regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times. The wines produced range from expensive high-end wines sold internationally to more modest wines usually only seen within France. Two concepts central to higher end French wines are the notion of "terroir", which links the style of the wines to the specific locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards. France is the source of many grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah) that are now planted throughout the world, as well as wine-making practices and styles of wine that have been adopted in other producing countries.

Varietal: Rhone Blend

Region: Rhone

The Rhône wine region in Southern France is situated in the Rhône River Valley and produces numerous wines under various Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) designations. The region's major appellation in production volume is Côtes du Rhône AOC. The Rhône is generally divided into two sub-regions with distinct vinicultural traditions, the Northern Rhône and the Southern Rhône. The northern sub-region produces red wines from the Syrah grape, sometimes blended with white wine grapes, and white wines from Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier grapes. The southern sub-region produces an array of red, white and rosé wines, often blends of several grapes such as in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.