Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone

Here is a southern Rhone blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 5% Carignan. The 2007 vintage in southern Rhone was a great one, and Wine Spectator rated this $7 wine a respectable 87 points. Our opinion is less favorable. The wine is cloudy, with a pronounced amount of floating sediment. The nose reveals dark berry fruit, licorice, cocoa, and crayon. It’s the taste, though, that sends this wine to our skip list. In addition to sharp tannins, there’s an aggressive burning sensation in the initial finish, followed by an unappealing green, leafy aftertaste that lingers far too long.