Wine Review #4:
2015 Santa Duce Les Blovac
Rhône Valley, France
Tasted at: Sepia Restaurant
May 4th, 2018
Grenache (70%), Syrah (15%), Mourvédre (15%).
Medium(+) Flavor Intensity
AROMA AND FLAVOR CHARACTERISTICS:
The power of 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. 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.”
Winesearcher.com lists the wine at an average price of $22 (2014) with no critic score listed. I gave it an 88/100. After adjusting for price, my price adjusted score came in at 85.
Wine Rating: 88
Price Adjusted Rating: 85
Note: My goal is to provide characteristics of the wine and not to sway a wine drinker from trying any wine – even those that I rate at a lower score. My rating is just that – MY rating. I base the rating on 5 characteristics: balance, length, intensity, complexity and expressiveness. I am independent in my evaluation of every wine. Ultimately, my wine rating scale is the same scale used by Robert Parker whereby:
80-89 Above Average to Excellent
60-69 Below Average
< 59 Appalling
I also provide a price adjusted rating. This rating takes into account the quality of the wine (per my rating) and the average price consumers are paying for a standard 750ml bottle of wine.