Domaine du Bois de Saint Jean – 2010 L’Intrepide Cotes du Rhone

This Rhone red is bold and strong, in every respect – a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre and Cinsault.  With a deep garnet hue, the intense aromas wafted up from the glass as I swirled, rich with smoke, leather, cassis, and a faint earthiness.  The taste matched its aromas, filling my mouth with black currant, spice and smoldering graphite.  There was a nice acidity to it that layered with the assertive tannins.  The finish was pleasantly long, with spice and mineral.  I thoroughly enjoyed this wine with a rich beef stew and peppered bread, in front of a crackling fire – it paired with the food and ambiance perfectly.

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