It's really great when things come together and then present themselves to you. That's what happened a while back to me while checking my emails.
I happened to get an email from one of the warehouse wine stores in the area. They were promoting a wine at a drastically reduced price. At least on a percentage basis. They had this wine that listed for $10.99 dropped down to ONLY $5.99! Whipping out the old calculator, that represented a better than 45% savings!
I've always been a little leery of such deep discounts as they could be a way of just getting rid of mediocre to a flat out bad wine. I might not have gone any farther, but when I looked at the wine and where it was from, my interest immediately went way up.
What made me take notice you may ask, or maybe you don't but I'm telling you anyway, is that it came from the Rhone Valley in France and was from a particularly wonderful vintage, 2015.
So now I see a potentially wonderful wine selling at a ridiculously cheap price. I ask you, how can you not be interested? I was. As always, I did look up a few reviews online to see how it faired, just to be certain I wasn't getting a ringer. Not outstanding, but solid 88 points from Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate. So I drop my order and wait to hear back as to when I can pick the wine up from the store.
Didn't wait long, a couple hours, and off I went to pick up these little gems.
As I was having some pasta with a tomato sauce that evening I figured no time like the present to try it out. I wasn't worried about needing the wine to breathe as it sees no oak whatsoever. Being predominately Grenache with some Syrah, I also knew it should have some nice fruit components to it.
Truer words were never spoken. With its blackberry and plummy flavors along with what I picked up as a hint of licorice, the wine carried through with a slight earthiness on the finish. A great combination for the pasta dish I had. The wine carried through the evening in a similar manner. I had a little left over so I put it in the fridge to see how it would be the following day. Personally, the next day it had lost a lot of its fruit and had oxidized a good bit even with my efforts to pump and chill the wine. So I would add at this point, if you open it, drink it!
Now for the bad part. I doubt you'll find the wine out there any more for the $5.99. It may still be available, but look to be paying that $10 to $12 a bottle price. The good news, its worth that price in my mind as well.
Just goes to show that if you're patient and stay alert, you may find one of those hidden gems from time to time.