Ah yes, French wine. The holy grail of the tasting world.
That's up to you. (And if you happen to think French wine is the best that's out there just because it's French... you need to watch Bottle Shock.).
I don't mean to disparage the profound history of French wine here. There are reasons why French wine has such a strong reputation, and I think you'll understand some of them when you try Caves du Fournalet Cotes du Rhone.
I just want you to learn how to make up your own mind. Wine tasting is about getting to know yourself, as much as it is about getting to know wine.
Discover what you like. Try the different regions around the world and learn the characteristics. If you're looking for a solid introduction to French wine, at $4.99, this is a great place to start.
"Cotes du Rhone" isn't a type of grape, like Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz, the name announces that the wine comes from the hills overlooking the Rhone River in France, from Vienne in the North to Avignon in the South.
If you know anything about Caves du Fournalet, which I assume to be the label name on this wine, please leave a comment. I couldn't find any information on it, so I assume that it's just a label used by a large conglomerate.
2013 Caves du Fournalet Cotes du Rhone Red Wine:
Nose: Dry, with hazelnut and chocolate.
Taste: A solid dry French red; straightforward and smooth with a light body. Slightly tart around the edges when first uncorked, after breathing, hints of hazelnut and chocolate.
Recommendation: This is a go-to red wine when you want to spend $4.99. Buy and try!
I've always enjoyed trying new things, whether it's a new type of food, a different wine, or just a place I've never visited before.