A great $14 CdR. Ripe but not overly so, showing great plum and spice notes along with blackberry, leather, and oak. Probably could use a few more years to resolve and gain some balance, but it was quite good after being open for several hours.
Purchased from Garagiste. Looking at the label which says "Villages" I thought I ordered the VV and was wrongly shipped the Villages. But looking back at his offer, he notes that in 2010 Siffrein only produced 1 bottling, labeled Villages, and it's considered VV.
I'd overlooked this wine for a few months each time I'd go to select a bottle for the night. Then one weeknight when I finally opened it I thought to myself "oh dear - here we go - another boring Cotes du Rhone". But this wine was amazing and makes me think I just need to be more selective in the category because there are some great values to be had.
It offered a fantastic combination of vibrant fruit, ample aromatics, and earthy rusticity. I don't know how a wine can be so clean and earthy at the same time. Amazing. And $13 bucks or so - unbelievable. Glad I have another bottle of this, but of course wish I'd bought more. Definitely a producer (and retailer) to trust.
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