2009 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône home tasting

by Stevie on November 12, 2010

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2009 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône

2009 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône

The 2009 red Côtes du Rhône are finally arriving at my local wine shops! Thank the gods! We’ve been enjoying some Rhône whites lately, but, hey, let’s get back to the big-boys table now.

Hegui and I tried the wonderful 2009 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône the other day as a weeknight upgrade. Saint Cosme is ancient. The area even has a ruin of a Roman villa that they date to the year 109. The ancestors of the current owners acquired the vineyards in Gigondas in the Sixteenth century (the year 1570) and have been producing wine since. That’s cool.

This wine has everything! It is made of 100% syrah blended from a couple of vineyard sites. It was a deep purplish black color with a great nose of tar, tobacco and black cherry. This is a full-bodied wine with delightful chewy tannins. We noted mocha, tar, chocolate cake, cocoa, coffee grounds and toffee.

It was only about $15 where I shop in San Francisco. Plus, I’ve seen it in magnum for about $32. For a wine with this much stuffing, this is a real steal.

Mmmm! I wonder what other thrilling Côtes du Rhônes are waiting to be discovered?

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Christina November 17, 2010 at 11:52 am

So, can you provide a food pairing for the Saint Cosme? Would it work with food at Thanksgiving or is it too tanniny?

Stevie November 18, 2010 at 10:34 am

Christina, I’m not sure about matching wine with Thanksgiving. I’ve been reading a lot about that exact subject lately and everyone complains that the traditional foods are so complex taste-wise that no wine is quite right. I’d recommend first drink whatever wine you like, rather than try to slavishly match one to another. After that, since it is usually a large group for dinner, then it makes sense to consider cost. St Cosme would be a good choice on that basis. Lots of people recommend bubbly for a festive meal though I’ not that much of a fan. If you have white, then maybe something cirtusy with some acid to break up the gravy/butter/fatty triad of the traditional meal? I think that you could enjoy Saint Cosme with the dinner though we’re going to try pinot noir from Papapietro Perry. I bought a magnum of their delicious 2007 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, Charles River.

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