Always one of the top Chateauneuf's and also a bit different than most due to the higher amounts of Mourvedre in the blend. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is classic Beaucastel which can be polarizing. Black cherries, plums and a fair bit of barnyard. Very earthy. Full bodied. On the palate, lots of black cherries and plums but cleaner earthiness than the nose. Complex, deep and layered. Long finish. This is at peak right now if well stored. Drink over the next seven to ten years. This drinks well on its own but will be better with food. Braised meats or roasted ve
One of the top producers in Chateauneuf, at age 15, this is singing. Deep garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose is great with cherries, kirsch, licorice, slight dried flowers and spices. Medium to full bodied. What a great texture. Lush yet energetic. On the palate, this is delicious. Lots of kirsch notes with underlying clean earthiness. Complex and layered. Long finish. Sure seems just about at peak but should drink well for another ten years. Great on its own, even better with food. Stews or roasts would be great.
Another new winery for me. This was quite good. A blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre. Deep ruby in color with purple swirls. Great nose of cherries, black cherries, floral notes, and spice. Clean. On the palate, this is medium bodied and quite concentrated. Black cherries and cherries over a clean spice and earth. Nice balance. Good finish. This still needs three to five years to maturity and should be good for ten after that. It worked well with vegetarian chili.
My current favorite in value wines. Even better than the 2017. And, under $20! Purple in color. The nose is great with black raspberries, black pepper, slight bacon fat, and slight roasted meats. Great texture. On the palate, lots of concentrated black raspberries over char and clean earth. Light tannins. Nice finish. This has some complexity and might still get better. It should drink well for seven to ten years. Great on its own, it will work well with fatty fried foods.
Gigondas is a great place to find nice value in Rhone wines. Montmirail is a good choice for producers in Gigondas. This is a blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 5% Mourvèdre. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, black pepper, and some earthiness. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, the black cherry fruit dominates over an earthy/forest floor base. Nice balance. Mild tannins. Good finish. This is drinking well but may still get a bit better over the next five to seven years. It will drink well for ten to twelve more years
This performed above expectations. It is in a really great place right now. Purple in color with a thin ruby lip. The nose is classic with black cherries, cherries, black olives, garrique and slight dried flowers. This is a bit bigger than most vintages but still has that Charvin sinewy texture and energy. It is not a big wine. Nice black cherry fruit with a base of semi-clean earthiness. Great balance. Layers of depth and complexity. Long finish. Delicious. This bottle seemed just about at peak but should be hears for at least another decade. Drinks great on its own but will wo
Cotes du Rhones offer up some excellent values. Add to that the Rhone Valley (especially in the Southern Rhone) seems to have eight or nine good to great vintages a decade, and it can be a go to source of outstanding values. This wine is certainly one. It appears to be a Grenache/Syrah blend but the exact blend is unknown. The bottle is attractively packaged with an unusual shape and a colorful "Old-timey" label. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has black cherries, roasted meats, slight cinnamon and nutmeg with a slight earthiness. Medium bodied. There is a nice
This was quite tight. Opened and tried over three nights and on the third night it finally started to show something. That is, of course, not unusual for a traditional Cornas. Purple in color, opaque and moderately bright. The nose has boysenberries, slight bacon fat, black olives and slight pepper. On the palate, this is medium bodied and very concentrated. Nice texture which is probably the best clue that there is a nice wine lurking in there once it opens. Enough boysenberry fruit to satisfy but this is more about minerality and earthiness. It is quite tasty too. If opening now,
Whoa. This is a stunning value in Syrah. My first time trying this wine. It is 100% Syrah from old vines in the Rhone Valley. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. Opaque and bright. What a great nose. Black raspberries, slight floral notes, just a hint of horse and leather, and slight crispy bacon. Medium bodied. On the palate, this is clean, concentrated and delicious. Nice black raspberry fruit over a slightly earthy base. Good balance. Great energy. Nice finish. This probably won't get much better but should provide great drinking for the next five to seven years and likely mo
For those looking for value in their red wines, the southern Rhone is still a great place once you get outside Chateauneuf and perhaps Gigondas. This is one of those wines that is a great wine to stock up on in great vintages. Purple/ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is very nice with black cherries, plums, slight spice and slight floral notes. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has some depth to it. Black cherry fruit with underlying spice. Good acidity. This should drink well for the next five to seven years. A nice match with a veggies burger (or even a meat burg