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Monterey winemaker Dan Morgan Lee is
known for his complex Pinot Noirs; this red
blend shows his talent for Rhône varieties.
What You Need To Know
The name of this red plays on
“Côtes du Rhône”, the appellation in France’s southern Rhône
Valley that’s home to the world’s best-known blends of the
Grenache and Syrah grapes. In California’s coastal Monterey
district, two hours south of San Francisco, these grape varieties
yield fresher, lighter reds, a quality highlighted in the cool
2011 vintage. It’s a style that plays well to Dan Lee’s strengths.
Lee founded his small label with his wife in 1982 and became
known for elegant Pinot Noirs from Monterey’s chilly Santa Lucia
Highlands. He displays a similar finesse in the 2011 Cotes du
Crow’s blend, which expertly balances spicy Syrah and plump
Grenache and offers a judicious hint of oak.
Spicy red plum, blueberry
and lavender notes.
Buoyant raspberry and
cherry flavors are supple
and lightly spicy.
Refrigerate for 10 minutes
Anything from the grill,
especially poultry, pork