2007 Rabit Ridge Allure de Robles
Appellation: Paso Robles (California)
Tasting Notes: Rhone style blend of Petite Syrah, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre. 15.4% ABV. Purple velvet color. Nose is red fruit, a little candy, a little pepper. Very big red fruit at first, then some pepper, smooth. A little heat on the back end, nice dry finish. Might need a little decanting time to calm down, 15.4% alcohol comes through a bit strong for me. A nice new world interpretation of a Cotes du Rhone blend. Would certainly be a crowd pleaser. If I could get this for $8 a bottle, I’d buy a case; at $15 it’s an OK Wednesday night wine with a roast.
Rating: 3/5, 14/20, 86/100
Price: $14.99 at Bin 604 (Snooth lists this at $7.99, and some folks on Cellartracker say they can get it at Trader Joes for $5, so the price I paid may reflect the high rent of Bin 604)
A note on ratings: I use the 100 point rating for Cellartracker, even though my palate is still developing. As a statistics geek, I know that the variability in scores works itself out as the number of scores increases. However, my score may not be yours, or Robert Parker’s. I much prefer to use a 5 point (or star, or whatever you want to call it) scale, as it more represents my reaction to wine, which is more simple than a 100 point scale represents. I like the 20 point scale as the more detailed score. On this site, I will provide all three, although the most meaningful are the 5 and 20 point ratings.