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An Opulent Rhone for a Great Price


Many of us agree that Paso Robles has been producing some stunning wines, especially n the realm of Rhone blends. The hot weather of Paso, and it's rich, calcareous soils bring beautiful ripe fruit and, in the right hands, luscious wines. 

But this week, I'm telling my Paso loving friends to go back to the source, the Southern Rhone, and maybe even save a few bucks.

The 2009 Domaine de la Ferme Saint Martin "Saint Martin"  Rouge is a plush Rhone wine from the not-too-well-know AOC "Beaumes de Venise." For $20, I found this wine to be a great value, especially for those who love the intense, fruit driven style of wine produced by many of the great Paso houses. Rich, fruit-driven, but still earthy and aromatic, and a nice dose of black pepper, no doubt from the 10% Syrah that rounds out the this 90% Grenache driven blend. It may not have the same level complexity of of some pricier wines, but beleive me, it's got plenty there to keep it interesting.

This wine, like many grenache focused blends, leans on the sweet side of dry, and is powerful enough to serve with just about any meat, strong cheese, and even along with your summer barbeque on a beautiful evening. I bought mine at K&L. Cheers.