2007 Domaine Lafond Roc Epine Lirac
As Twisting Vines has previously noted, 2007 was a great year for Rhone wines. The three grapes that go into the region’s famous Châteauneuf du Pape are Grenache, Mourvédre, Syrah.
The Domaine Lafond produced a terrific Châteauneuf du Pape that received 91 points from Robert Parker. Although the wine has come down in price – $36 from $46, it’s still out of the price range of most wine drinkers.
One of the things I learned when studying for my wine certification at San Diego State, is to check out other wines from the same producer or nearby wineries to find similar wines that are very good, at half the price.
Using the same grape blend as the Châteauneuf, Domaine Lafond produces another red blend – Roc Epine Lirac, that is a great value option.
Dark ruby color. Aromas of black cherry, licorice, earth and minerals. Flavors of dark berries, mineral and a hint of pear. Medium bodied. Balanced. with a smooth, dry finish. A food friendly wine that goes well with soft white cheeses, including blue cheese, goat cheese and brie; as well as barbecued chicken and ribs. Drink now up to 2-3 years. Costco – $14