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Red Wings and Red Rhônes: 2002 Delas Crozes-Hermitage Les Launes

Click image to enlarge.We have Gang of Pour charter member Scott “The Geek” Tobias pretty well trained these days. He knows that when he comes to visit and hang out on a night when there’s a Detroit Red Wings game on the tube, he should bring an appropriate wine to observe the traditional “Red Wings and Red Rhônes” theme. He did just that a few days ago, when he showed up with a bottle from one of our favorite value orientated appellations from the south of France.

2002 Delas Crozes-Hermitage Les Launes, 12.5% alc., $21.99: Medium dark color, medium full bodied and of medium intensity, this is a wine that very much reflects the vintage which produced it. It throws a nice nose of leather and black fruit that echoes on the palate, but with a bit of a vacancy in the middle, never quite delivering on the promise of the aromatics and lacking the kind of depth and concentration that Crozes-Hermitage usually exhibits. Traditional in character and pleasant enough for what it is, this is about as ready as its going to get and should make a decent match for the usual culinary suspects, such as grilled meats, hearty stews and such. I just wish that there was more to it. I’ve never been a big fan of this producer, and this particular bottle does nothing to change that. Find this wine

Imported by Maisons Marques & Domaines USA Inc., Oakland, CA

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