Decanted, began drinking an hour later. Decent mouthfeel, but mostly flat. The wine didn't taste spent, burnt, or quite past its prime -- I'd guess in a way it's actually at peak. Still, this is either evidence for the prosecution against the hot 2007 vintage or (for the pro-2007 crowd) simply evidence that St. Siffrein didn't have the stuffing to make the year sing, at least at the Villages level. 90 minutes in the heat began to show; Two hours in it began to improve a bit; took a final sip five hours in and the heat had dissipated somewhat, and the wine had smoothed out. Was it good at that point? I'm not sure I'd say so -- but if I had a bottle left, I'd open it up way early just to see.
True to vintage - RIPE. Any garrigue that was there was drowned out by the heat of the vintage. Won't judge the the maker by one bottle, but it did come off as a bit modern in style....which is not exactly what I'm looking for from Rhone.
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This just came across the wire and it was a pleasant surprise.
After nearly a dozen bottles of this wine since last summer, the no-frills/honest approach Saint-Siffrein has captured is certain to brighten your summer picnic plans and beyond. It bursts from the glass with freshness and even I can’t deny their 2007 Cotes du Rhone Villages would challenge many at twice the price (Chateauneuf-du-Pape included). While I certainly admire their 2008s (as noted a few days ago – I’m in the minority on 2008), the 2007 vintage excelled at the lower levels and it elevated a relatively unheralded series of Cotes du Rhone wines into a quality league that has only come around a handful of times since the 1970s. At their current prices, common sense rings the wine bargain buzzer and it’s tough to have enough wine like this in your cellar.
The result of a superlative growing season and selection – this is Saint-Siffrein’s top Cotes du Rhone, given the “Villages” designation - the remainder is sold off or bottled as regular Cotes du Rhone. For (at this very late stage of the 2007 game), your Tuesday night with frozen pizza (or something more adventurous) will thank you. In addition, this wine would have no problem as the star of an important occasion meal – it’s that versatile. Made entirely by hand, this is a 2007 I have no trouble recommending as the alcohol is in check and the fruit and terroir are the focus.
With most “Villages” designated CdR’s from 2007 in the $15-18 range, this wine is a steal by comparison:
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for no-nonsense and confident reflection of the Southern Rhone (it’s also a terrific value)
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