Cotes du Rhone Villages Controlee
$15.99 in Indianapolis, Indiana
The Little Wooden guy can take this one or leave it. For five bucks less it is okay, for five bucks more a definite failure. At this point, he's just going to save his wooden nickels until something better comes along.
The nose of this was sweet with strawberry preserves and strong minerality. There was also a slight hint of lightly chlorinated pool water.
On the attack there was dry fruit forward, cranapple juice cocktail and wet stones, with wild strawberries and then sea salt added in the midpalate. The mouth feel was slightly thin, the finish short. Mild acidity and a complete dearth of tannins bode poorly for any sort of cellar life. This is a "drink now" wine, a fresh, fruity, mineral glass for an Indian Summer afternoon.
There was no Night Two, because some friends came over on Night One. Sorry folks.