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Modest Mondays - '09 Montirius Côte du Rhône

What's better than a good cheap wine? Why, one that's produced biodynamically! Something about me really likes supporting bidynamic growers, as I believe there's some inherent integrity that springs from the effort such an undertaking requires.

But I digress. The point here, really, is 'cheap wine', and although the secret has long been out that Côte du Rhône is a terrific region for value wines, I'm often still amazed at the difference in character and just sheer interestingness between a sub-$15 Rhône varietal wine from the US vs. one from the Rhône itself. I think France comes out way on top in the value contest. And this wine is a case-in-point.

Aside from being certified biodynamic, the Montirius Côte du Rhône is aged in concrete and without oak. This is a typical CdR blend of mostly Grenache bolstered with some Syrah and Mourvèdre. It's bright, has nice cherry and berry tones, and is lively and earthy. This wine is good -- certainly not great -- but for $14 I'm quite happy to recommend it.