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2007 Domaine Beau Mistral Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau Selection Vieilles Vignes 

Rhone Valley, France / $20-$25 Retail

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Located 10 miles north of Chateauneuf du Pape, Rasteau has long produced high-quality wines expressing the Cotes du Rhone's distinct character. Grapes for this wine, sourced from vineyards 60 to 90 years old, are a blend of 45 percent Grenache, more than 50 percent Syrah and a small amount of Mourvedre. Powerful and full bodied with a chewy texture, the wine exhibits earthy aromas of dark fruit, leather and traditional garrigue with rich flavors of black cherry, currant, dark chocolate and hints of white pepper. It has good acidity, firm tannins and a lengthy finish. Decant three to four hours before drinking. Drink it now if you dare, but it will improve over the next 10 to 12 years. It's good with game, roast duck, grilled meats and hearty stews. Buy it at: Swirl Wines, Cork & Bottle and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Restaurant August and The Green Goddess. — Brenda Maitland

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