by Arianna Armstrong
I went to Wilshire Restaurant the other night, and was delighted to learn that they have recently added some new reds to their wine list. Some French reds, in fact. That, my friends, could only mean one thing:
Arianna vient de parler francais!
I began with a Everify.com – Recurring Lifetime Commission!!l.aspx” target=”_blank”>2005 Joseph Drouhin Cote De Beaune Villages. It was highly recommended by the bartender, medium purple in color and showed a lot of promise. The nose was slightly alcoholic, but the flavor was actually very smooth. So smooth, it might actually be called…well…bland. For a $14 glass of wine, I really felt it was pretty watery with no finish at all. That’s not to say that it wasn’t drinkable. [As these things go] the more I drank, the more I enjoyed it. I was just hoping for something a little more robust.
I was much happier with my second glass, a 2007 Ogier Caves des Papes Cotes-du-Rhone Heritage. A beautiful deep, dark red, it was slightly tannic, but had a lovely medium finish. This wine was fruity and very, very drinkable. It was also $4 less per glass than the slightly underwhelming Cote de Beaune. C’est pareille!
Both of these wines are excellent for summer (presumably why they have just been added to Wilshire’s wine list). In fact, an online reviewer actually suggested that the Cotes-du-Rhone be slightly chilled upon serving. If one were searching for a light wine to enjoy in warm weather but wanted to avoid drinking white or rose, I would recommend one of these (particular emphasis on the Cotes-du-Rhone).
Category: Arianna's Wine Tasting Notes, Wine Tasting Notes | Tags: 2005 Joseph Drouhin Cote De Beaune Villages, 2007 Ogier Caves des Papes Cotes-du-Rhone Heritage, Burgundy, Cote de Beaune, French wine, reds for summer, summer wines, Wilshire Comments Off