REVIEW: Domaine Viret “Solstice IV”

January 20th, 2009 by Jeff

God, I love stuff like this.  Here is a wine from a family that has been making wine in the Rhone Valley for five generations but they use grapes (Cabernet and Merlot) in the blend that are not permitted in “Rhone wines” so the wine can only be labeled as “Vin De Table de France”, or French Table Wine.  By law they can’t put a vintage or place of production on the front label.  Welcome to the wine-making laws of France.  They are punished for making a wine that happens to add 10% Cab. and 10% Merlot to the blend because they think it helps make the wine that much better.  And you know what?  This wine ROCKS!

Nose:

Sweet ripe berries and a little cola and coffee.

Palate:

Full bodied with bright, fresh acidity.  Really crisp cherry cola notes with a little chocolate, strawberries and cherry wrapped up in a subtle vanilla robe.  LONG cherry menthol finish.

Very delicate and refined, in fact, it almost wishes it were a Pinot Noir.  A lot of layers here and much to contemplate.  I may have found a new favorite.

The Som Rating:  8/10 Scarlett Johansson Heads

The Som Rating: 8/10 Scarlett Johansson Heads

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