No that’s not possible and it would take the fun out of it. However, the 2014 Domaine Bethet-Rayne Cotes Du Rhone Rouge (yeah that’s a mouthful) is one of those bottles that takes me back to why I got into red wines in the first place.
I have no concrete explanation or inspiring reason other than the dark fruits and the stronger tannins makes this a wine you can drink nearly all year round. I say nearly because as it gets hotter, this wine, along with most medium-to-full bodies reds, would be better served indoors.
But for the purposes of this event, this is a continuation of last weeks’ marathon, which never intended to be, at the great restaurant, Mezze, in historic Fells Point, Baltimore, MD.
What meant to be just one or two glasses of wine, turned into two bottles between some friends. And there was everything right with this. And then everything right some more. After we enjoyed that thrilling white the transition into a red felt like the organic and proper transition at the time.
So per our servers’ suggestion and a mutual agreement we went with this Rhone. It’s a bottle I’ve never recalled seeing in my local wine or spirits shoppe. And have yet to see since.
Maybe Mezze is onto something. Our two bottles were not necessarily the most obscure, but, they almost seem exclusive to them. That’s quite the draw. And you either need to be unique or be ignored.
Often times we see many restaurants carry a mix of standard labels and a few unique wines to stand out from the crowd. Others’ only carry the bottles that are readily available in stores for half the price, if not more. And there’s no right or wrong to any of this. But when I find a gem like this and can’t find it anywhere else, it will make me want to come back the source. Maybe this is a unique scenario but this is smart business.
This wine is the essence of Spring and early Summer. Look at that color? It has a little fruitier and dare I use a wine term, jammier, look to it. It shines brighter than many reds and Rhones you will have. Which makes me pleasantly surprised how close to full bodied it is.
I’m going to steal part of the synopsis here but it does read supple tannic structure, and that is spot on. Without reading that, you would pick up on this and be amazed but how well put together this wine is. I just wish I could find it in a store near me so I could have this as part of my regular rotation.
As a first time though I’m thrilled I got to share it with friends in a beautiful outdoor setting. 30 minutes became an hour, an hour became longer, and you know how the rest goes. The olives that paired with this and our white I wrote about last week really hit the spot. Lighter fare on a warmer day is always going to pay dividends to your spirit, your body, and overall well-being after the fact.
This is a wine to savor, appreciate, and enjoy with every sip. That’s how a good wine should be. That’s how a good life should be.
For those interested in find out more, here is a link to the wineries’ site.
I don’t remember what we paid for the wine here (and in many ways it’s priceless), but websites listed it between $15-20 and that’s more than fair and more than reasonable.
What may be of more assistance is the local distributor is Elite Wine Imports based out of Northern Virginia.
And finally for more on Mezze click here. They’ve always done my friends and I a great service when it comes to food, vino, and top of the line service.
Lets do it again sometime, shall we?