Cave de Rasteau 2007 Ortas Prestige

Posted by Keith Wallace

Rasteau is one of the fine winemaking villages in France’s southern Rhone Valley, along with such notable nearby towns as Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas.

This particular bottle is a field blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, with an average vine age of fifty years old. Only about 10% see aging in new French oak barrels.

The first impression is of black tea, cinnamon, and lavender. Fleshy, soft and full bodied, the wine offers up rich black fruit with a whiff of black olive and espresso. The fruit turns into black pepper and sweet vanilla on the long and delicious finish.

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