Rasteau is a lovely village northeast of Chateauneuf du Pape and produces wine with similar finesse. Like most Southern Rhone reds, this bottling is mostly Grenache, with a bit of Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Carignan in the mix. The Aromatics are of garrigue charred sandalwood. Kirsch and red fruit flavors are improved upon with notes of licorice and espresso. The finish shows a classy edge of minerals and wildflowers.
The cru village of Rasteau has been producing some stellar bottles over the past few years. This one is from their Co-operative, which are typically lower-cost and lower-quality products. However, I’ve found that Cave de Rasteau/Ortas has consistently produced excellent wines over the last decade. About eight years ago, I reviewed the 2007 Ortas Prestige, which offered up much the same level of quality for about $5 more.