Wine of the Week: 2016 Cotes du Crow's

“If you only drink the same wines that everyone else is drinking then you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ~ A wise Vino-Sapien

Well, good afternoon every and welcome to February, here in Southern Oregon it looks like the groundhog was wrong, as the most extreme winter weather of the season is now upon us, just ahead of the coming Spring. Sadly my readers on some parts of the East coast and Chicago land area are still in full-blown winter mode, and for that, I'm genuinely sorry. Hopefully, they're all stocked up with an excellent selection of wine, like the Cote Du Crow's in today's Wine of the Week Review.

But on the bright side, it looks like a unique opportunity to indulge in one of my favorite Winter wines, deep earthy red wines which pair easily with hearty cuisine. So, all I can say is lean into it because before you know, you'll be looking Spring right in the face soon.

In today's review is a fantastic wine, one that is so easy on the wine-budget, you may become giddy with delight, perhaps even a few hand-springs, okay-okay maybe that's just a bit too ambitious. But you will soon get my point after you uncork (err, I mean unscrew the cap) what I can only describe as one of the most "complete" bottles of wine for $19 you will find anywhere, and here's where you can get some for yourself.

This wine has everything the average vino-sapiens is looking for via earthy, mineral-driven nuances, and you taste the vineyard dust, light, engaging aromatics which draw you in for the first slurp — a food friendly wine with a gentle verve of dark and red fruits (jam, earth and fig paste) pulsing through its soul.

Even the garden variety wine-twirler will get this wine's easy going and affable nature, a bottle of wine sporting soul and substance on a budget. A wine that's easy as a Sunday morning. The Cotes du Crow's from Morgan in Monterey County is the style of wine which makes food pairing choices so easy and wonderfully fun. I can't imagine too many things that would not pair well with this remarkably well-made wine from a stellar vintage — featuring a unique blend with Syrah leading the way at 52% and, 44% Grenache and the balance 4% of soul searching Tempranillo. Huh, wait, what? Hmm, filling out what was going to be a Rhone Zone blend with Tempranillo seemed a bit odd; nonetheless, this bizarre choice of blending partners added a delightful flavor profile.

If you've never taken a visit to the Rhone-Zone styles of wines, as I like to call it; well then folks this is your ticket to ride. A wine that will come out shake your hand, and you'll become fast friends. It will leave you wondering why you had not met sooner. My score on this wine is 90 points, the kind of wine to purchase by the caseload. Easy, fun and flavorful, so very worth the tiny price of admission. Until next time folks, sip long and prosper cheers!

Full Disclosure: Reviewed wines are from media samples provided (not for sale) for the review process.

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