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2015 Santa Duce Les Blovac,
Rasteau AOC,
Rhône Valley, France

As Tasted At Sepia Restaurant, Chicago, Illinois

Santa Duce Les Blovac

Vintage:
2015
Location:
Resteau AOC,
Rhône Valley,
France
Producer:
Domaine Santa Duc
Alcohol:
14.0%

RATING
90

PRICE
$22
Review Date:
May 4, 2018
Recommended Drinking Window:
2017-2027
Review Location:
Sepia Restaurant
Chicago, Illinois
Newsletter Issue:
Non-Newsletter
The power of the Rhône Valley comes through in this enjoyable, vibrant wine.  You can almost taste the earth as if you’re drinking while picnicking on the floor of the valley itself.  Very herbaceous flavors with vegetal character comes through strongly.  Black pepper and tobacco round out the wine.  At $22, this is a great buy!

The winemaker says:

“Old vines planted in the area known as Les Blovac in Rasteau. South facing hillsides of clay, sand and stony soil. Harvesting by hand and stalks partially removed, a long fermentation, controlled temperatures and gentle extraction. On lees in vats with a smalldose of sulphur (SO2). Bottling without filtration. Adapted clay, sand and stony slopes.”

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