SWMBO picked up a bottle of 2010 J.L. Quinson CdP ($13) on her way home.
PNP: Nice, CdP color. Nose of kirsh liquor and not much else. It almost smelled sweet. No dirt, earth, meat, vegetal, alc.
3 hour decant: nose of berries, the liquor component was gone (which sucks because it was rather nice) and not much else. It lacks the meaty, garrigue bouquet I associate with CdP. Palate is ba-sic. It's nothing close to offensive. The 14.5% alc is handled well. There is no acidic bite (as some CT notes described for the 09 vintage). It tastes like a nice, $10, grocery store wine. It doesn't taste like a CdP, although it does have some of the Grenache characteristics. It lacks the pepper, meaty, blood, earthy, vegetal component. It's pretty much just smooth, red fruits. Tannins are hardly noticeable.
Conclusion: tough to say whether this is a value or not. For a CdP, it is, but only because of the money that CdP commands in the market. I think that there are $13 Southern Rhone wines that would destroy this wine. I think there is a LOT of value in the Southern Rhone in general. Blind, I would put this wine somewhere in the 85 point range. Knowing that it's a CdP, comparing it to what I think of when I smell and taste CdP, I'd put if in the 80-82. It's not bad, but I think that you can spend $13 and get way more bang for your buck, as long as you don't care about the AOC designation that is CdP.
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