Côtes Du Rhône Parallèle 45 2010 – Review
From the Label
“This wine is named after the 45th parallel, which crosses the Rhone Valley, passing through some of the estates and vineyards belonging to Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné. A blend of Grenache and Syrah, it has rich berry fruit aromas and a smooth complexity. It is best enjoyed young”
A Quaffable French Wine
A pleasantly spicy nose of red fruitswith hints of bay leaf and licorice opens into a smooth rounded Syrah-Grenache blend that owes more to the latter than the former. Sweet but a pleasant medium-body that I would never believed came in at 14% ABV. Noticeably improved be decanting, this would go well with a rich stew.
Certainly rack worthy although I imagine it would normally serve as a stand alone rather than cooking or pairing wine. A wine I could comfortably gift and very reasonably priced considering!
Where Wine Begins
Or so they claim.... An elegant French red with aromas of spiced red fruits, a surprisingly full bodied palette of well rounded tannins and a lingering spiced finish. This would do well with roast meats or on its own as the starring attraction. Not a wine I would waste in sauce.
Certainly gift worthy, although the candied nature of the Grenache means it falls slightly short of a spot on my wine rack as it somewhat overpowers the Syrah. A solid wine, improved slightly by aeration but as the bottle says this is designed to be enjoyed young.