A monkey sporting a cape flew by the other day and parachuted down a box labeled "par avion." I bid him merci and adieu.
Inside was a bottle of the 2012 Cote du Rhone La Dive, which according to the french dictionary means "the dive." I rarely drink french wines, although I did drink quite a few there while "on holiday" many years ago. I searched the Internet, including the proprietor's website, and could not find the composition for this wine, so I presumed that it could be made of syrah, grenache and/or mouvedre. With that in mind, I prepared a traditional pot roast, with potatoes, carrots and onions. I figured a nice and hearty meaty flavor, along with tasty fat, would go well with this wine.
Upon PnP, the color is cranberry and clear. After a quick swirl in the glass, the wine clings to the top and the legs, which are quite thick, cascade slowly. The initial smell is cherry and vanilla. My first impressions of the flavor were of dark fruit and licorice with a medium coating on the tongue. I finished preparing the dinner and came back to this wine in about an hour. While I still detected possibly plum and unripened blueberry, there was now a pepper and tar component. On the finish I got a little dark chocolate, like you ones with the higher percentages of cocoa such as cooking chocolate. The wine paired very well with the meal with each complementing the other.
Over the course of the next hour I did not detect the wine opening up any more. This, like some of the other Saturday day offerings of recent past, is a table wine that will pair well with a wide variety of foods. It has a simple structure and pleasant flavor. After seeing the price, I would say it is an average offer, i.e. not a great QPR but reasonable.