One of the greatest red wine values of the last year, this 2013 Bastide Miraflors Cotes Catalanes is a custom cuvee put together by Eric Solomon and Jean-Marc Lafage. It is a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache that spent one year in 80% concrete tank and 500-liter demi-muids. From a Roussillon vineyard dominated by gallets roules that resembles many Chateauneuf du Pape vineyards, the wine undergoes a long maceration of six weeks. The result is an inky blue/purple-colored wine offering a big, sweet bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, acacia flowers, pepper and spice. This full-bodied, opulent, majestic dry red unleashes tremendous ripeness, richness and intensity.

One would normally think such a superb, remarkable wine would cost over $50 a bottle, but this beauty is available for an astonishing $14 a bottle. You’ll have to taste it to believe it! It should drink well for 2 to 5 years.

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