Table Wine Asheville: Wine of the Week

Wine of the Week: 2012 Domaine Amido Cotes du Rhone Villages “Signargues”

On Sale Through 12/31/2013

We sold through our first big drop of this wine at a record pace, so why the heck am I discounting a wine that we can barely keep in stock?  Because we secured another 28 cases of this wine and because I’m cool like that!

Regular Price: $14.99 

Sale Price: $13.49/bottle or $11.99/bottle when you buy 6 or more.
That’s up to 20% off!

The Cotes du Rhone from the Amido family is one of those wines that qualify as a legitimate no-brainer.  It’s got a great story, it tastes great, and it doesn’t cost much.  Let me start by telling you the story.  The young Amandine Amido and her husband Antoine took over this bucolic estate when Amandine’s grandfather Christian passed away recently.  They make delicious dry rosé from holdings in Tavel (we carry this one as well) as well as a bold and spicy red wine from their vineyards in Lirac, just west of Chateauneuf du Pape.

Their best value, however, is this Cotes du Rhone Villages, which they make with fruit from their holdings in Domazan, Estezargues, Rochefort-du-Gard, and Sazes in the southern Rhone Valley. These four municipalities make up one of the 17 geographical names that make up the AOC Cotes du Rhone Villages.  I had trouble finding what the exact blend was on the wine, but I think importer Charles Neal told me that the wine was primarily Grenache with smaller amounts of Syrah and Mourvedre, which is consistent with what I taste.

This is a very friendly, comforting Cotes du Rhone that opens with aromas of warm and ripe raspberry, black cherry and assorted herbs and spices.  It is a dark colored wine that looks like it might be a “bruiser”, but once on the palate, it is full, but soft, with flavors of ripe, sun baked dark cherry, wild strawberry and plum. It’s delicious right out of the bottle, but the wine definitely picks up more spice and Provencal herb notes as air gets to it.  I’ve enjoyed several bottles of this wine with friends and with food over the past couple of months, and it has always proven to be a winner.  Try it with lamb and white bean stew, roast chicken or turkey with root vegetables or with a roaring fire on a cool winter’s night.  Just try it!

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