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2 Solid Red Rhônes

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These two well-priced delights were enjoyed during the Detroit Red Wings‘ recent 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Looks like the boys are finally starting to play well at just the right time of the season.

2006 Domaine des Pasquiers Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu, 14% alc., $12.99: Deep, dark color, almost opaque; sun baked, stewed black fruit on the nose, intense and effusive, fleshing out on the palate with smoky black plums and berries anchored by a solid earthy, leathery base. Big, rich and chewy, yet bone dry, with the structure to age for several years, and a finish that shows drying, slightly astringent tannins. Air really helps a lot now, but the best thing for this is a good five years or more in the cellar. My kind of Côtes du Rhône, this!  Find this wine

Imported by AHD Vintners, Warren, MI

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2007 Chateau la Tour de Beraud Costieres de Nimes, 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Carignane, 14% alc., $11.99:

Deep, dark garnet color, with earthy black plums and berries and hints of black olives and tar on the nose, all of which echoes and expands on the palate. Full bodied and well structured, but not as chunky as the Pasquiers Plan de Dieu; perhaps a little more well-behaved, but by no means a wallflower. Nice now, better in a few years and good to go for at least the next five. Yumm! Find this wine

Imported by J et R Selections, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Reporting from Day-twah,

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