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Cave de Rasteau Cave de Rasteau Ortas Prestige Rasteau 2004

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

A quick swirl opened a menagerie of smells from this wine. Not to imply that smelling this wine is reminiscent of the “business end” of a cow, but there is a great deal of earthiness in the bouquet. Although this earthy smell is pronounced, it doesn’t repel but rather invites one to explore the knotty nature of the wine. Dried fruits along with plenty of herbal layers stride across your tongue into the long, earthy finish. I paired this wine with a very Provençal-style meal: leg of lamb roasted slowly over a gratin of potato, onion, tomato, thyme and garlic. The match was superb! Therefore, I would suggest this wine with something gamey and roasted along with root vegetables to fully appreciate this worldly wine.

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Winery: Cave de Rasteau
Color: Red
Varietal: Grenache
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Cave de Rasteau:
Rasteau covers an area of 1880 hectares with 1240 devoted to the vine. It has a Mediterranean climate and the exposure of the vineyards is excellent: 70% of them are on south-facing hillsides (at 200-400 metres) swept by the Mistral; the soils are different types of clayey limestone, some of them covered with smooth stones. The diversity of soils Rasteau covers an area of 1880 hectares with ... Read more
Rasteau covers an area of 1880 hectares with 1240 devoted to the vine. It has a Mediterranean climate and the exposure of the vineyards is excellent: 70% of them are on south-facing hillsides (at 200-400 metres) swept by the Mistral; the soils are different types of clayey limestone, some of them covered with smooth stones. The diversity of soils Rasteau covers an area of 1880 hectares with 1240 devoted to the vine. It has a Mediterranean climate and the exposure of the vineyards is excellent: 70% of them are on south-facing hillsides (at 200-400 metres) swept by the Mistral; the soils are different types of clayey limestone, some of them covered with smooth stones. The diversity of soils and grape varieties explains why Rasteau wines have such complexity in their aromas and flavours and are so potent, fine and elegant. The average age of the vines is 40, though some plots are over 80 years old: grapes from the old vines are used for Rasteau Vin Doux Naturel and and Côtes du Rhône Villages. Read less

External Reviews for Cave de Rasteau Cave de Rasteau Ortas Prestige Rasteau

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
06/19/2013

A quick swirl opened a menagerie of smells from this wine. Not to imply that smelling this wine is reminiscent of the “business end” of a cow, but there is a great deal of earthiness in the bouquet. Although this earthy smell is pronounced, it doesn’t repel but rather invites one to explore the knotty nature of the wine. Dried fruits along with plenty of herbal layers stride across your tongue into the long, earthy finish. I paired this wine with a very Provençal-style meal: leg of lamb roasted slowly over a gratin of potato, onion, tomato, thyme and garlic. The match was superb! Therefore, I would suggest this wine with something gamey and roasted along with root vegetables to fully appreciate this worldly wine.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Packed with pure dark raspberry and blackberry fruit, with really fine-grained tannins, this carries a nice tobacco and mineral undertone through the long, silky finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvandegrave;dre. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Composed of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre to help soften the wine, this dark ruby wine holds bold, luscious raspberry and blackberry flavors, the essence of earthiness, and a fine balance of tannins. This wine leaves a lingering finish, and proves to be a perfect deal for under $20.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Packed with pure dark raspberry and blackberry fruit, with really fine-grained tannins, this carries a nice tobacco and mineral undertone through the long, silky finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvegrave;dre. Drink now through 2008.




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