Domaine Elodie Balme, Rasteau (Rhône Valley, France) 2021

($29, Louis/Dressner Selections):  Elodie Balme symbolizes a new generation of winemakers in Rasteau, employing organic viticulture and making slightly less muscular wines that are formerly emblematic to this appellation.  That said, no one would categorize this beauty, a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Mourvèdre, as a light wine.  It leads with a fantastic array of herbal aromatics and then follows with the characteristic blue fruit and minerals of Rasteau accompanied by a not so usual refinement.  Long and fresh, it has great purity and definition with a welcome touch of bitterness in the finish.  It carries its 15-percent stated-alcohol effortlessly.  A perfect choice for grilled lamb this summer.
91 Michael Apstein Apr 18, 2023