AG Pick: Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles 2007

When you try this red wine from Jean-Luc Colombo you’ll be buzzing about it too!

Meaning “the bees,” Les Abeilles comes from France’s Southern Rhone Valley. It is a Grenache-based blend that is velvety smooth and easy to drink.

Balancing out the flavor and texture of the Grenache are Syrah and Mourvèdre which provide structure, finesse and zesty spice notes.

In the glass, the wine is intense ruby-purple in color and has seductive aromas of berries, black currants and bay leaf. On the palate are lush flavors of blackberries, boysenberries and plum, with herbal notes of rosemary and thyme. On the spicy finish is a hint of black pepper and licorice. Well-rounded tannins and bright acidity make for a delightful sip.

The fruitiness of Les Abeilles makes this wine enjoyable on its own, though it’s rich enough to pair with lamb, pork, duck and cured meats.

A bottle of the 2007 Jean-Luc Colombo Côtes du Rhône “Les Abeilles” costs $12.

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