Caves du Fournalet Cotes du Rhone 2013 Review, Tasting Notes, Food Pairings - From Trader Joe'sThis Caves du Fournalet Cotes du Rhone review is part of our value wine series.  A series of wine reviews aimed at exposing great tasting wines, like the Caves du Fournalet, that won’t break the bank.

Caves du Fournalet Cotes du Rhone 2013 Review from Southern Rhone, France

Vintage: 2013

The Caves du Fournalet Southern Rhone style blend comes from the hills of Southern Rhone (‘Cotes’ means ‘Hills’ in French).  It’s concocted with a sensual blend of Syrah and Grenache, although certain vintages MAY allow for additional, approved Rhone grapes, including Mourvedre.  All of these grape varieties do excessively well in the warm, yet elevated hills of Southern Rhone, France.  You can taste the the Grenache’s light expression in this wine.

I found the Caves du Fournalet 2013 red wine to be of phenomenal quality considering the price point.For around $6 per bottle, (easily available at Trader Joe’s), you get a classic Rhone blend that will please most wine drinking crowds.  The Caves du Fournalet is best consumed both by itself, or with lighter meats and poultries.  It may be a thinner wine, but it’s packed with all the traditional nuances you’d find in a Southern Rhone red wine blend.  We recommend to chill this wine to around 60-61 degrees fahrenheit (around 10-15 minutes in the fridge).

Caves du Fournalet Cotes du Rhone Tasting Notes

In the glass, we see a ruby-red hue accented with a deep purple.  The nose throws some ripe cherry, cinnamon and herbal aromas at you.  On the opening palate, the wine is evidently lighter-bodied, and backed with big hints of cherry, cassis and plum undertones.  The mid-palate yields very nimble tannins that are far from overly astringent.  Towards the closing palate, little bits of vanilla flavors show themselves over cracked black pepper.  Ripe cherry and mild blueberry stay evident over a medium-short finish.  All in all — the Caves du Fournalet Cotes du Rhone is a great red table wine.  It’s not excessively complex, but for 6 bucks, you’re getting all the flavors of Southern Rhone in a cool looking bottle.  Yes, you heard that right — Caves du Fournalet comes in a more stubby form than your average bottle of red.

Caves du Fournalet Cotes du Rhone Food Pairings

Given the pepper and ripe red fruit present in this vin, pair it with sharper cheeses.  It’s also ideal to pair with lighter, yet gamier meats and poultry.  Venison, quail, dark meat turkey, lamb chops or beef stir fry all work nicely.  We’ve found it to pair well with dark chocolate desserts too.

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