This is 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. It comes in an attractive more squat bottle. Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is warm with a dusty attic quality. Lots of cherries with garrique. Also some old wood notes. Very comforting. On the palate, this is ripe/sweet on the attack. Black cherries and slight cherry pie filling. Some acidity. This took about an hour or air to settle out. Served to a small socially distanced group, this was quite popular. It drinks well on its own and would be a great match for barbecues ribs or chicken this summer. It should probably be co
It really is amazing how Rosé's have really stepped up their game over the last ten to twenty years. And, the buying public has noticed all over the world. This is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. Pale silvery/salmon pink in color. Clear and bright. The nose has cherries, slight strawberries and slight tarragon. On the palate, this is light bodied but has some backbone. Crisp and refreshing. It drinks easy with some complexity. The strawberries carry thru with some underlying minerality. Drink now. Great on its own and will drink well with many foods including
Crozes is an excellent source for great values in Syrah. This is another example. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, slight bacon fat and roasted meats and black olives. Full bodied. On the palate, the black raspberries are upfront with underlying minerality and char. This is drinking deliciously now, but it seems to have the stuffing to improve a bit. it certainly has ten years left, or more, of great drinking. A nice match for charcuterie or roasted meats and veggies.
This is in a beautiful place right now. Pop and poour and consumed over three hours, it was gorgeous all the way thru. Deep ruby in color, a bit lighter at the rim. The nose is intoxicating with cherries, black cherries, just a slight bit of funk, roasted meats, dried floral notes and light spice. On the palate, the texture is lovely. Rich, but just barely with lots of energy. Bright with plenty of depth. Fresh cherries with underlying earthiness. Tight layering that unwinds in the glass. Nice finish. This is not a blockbuster but it has all the parts in the right proportions. It
This is a new estate for me. 2010 was a great vintage which helped just about everyone. This is ruby in color. The nose has cherries with spice. On the palate, this is nice. Mild tannins. Cherry fruit with underlying earthiness. Good acidity. Nice finish. This is at peak and probably should be consumed in the next three to five years. it will work well with burgers and stews.
Vacqueyras can be an excellent source of value in the southern Rhone. The best wines are as good as many Gigondas and Chateauneuf du Pape wines, often at a lesser price. This is one of the better ones. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cherries, black cherries, slight cherry lozenge, and smoke. On the palate, this is clean with cherry fruit and a nice minerality. Medium bodied. Good acidity. Nice finish. This is drinking well. It should be consumed in the next five to seven years. A nice match with pizza or burgers as well as bean dishes.
This is a reasonably priced base level Chateauneuf that is consistently a good value. In the better vintages such as 2015, it can be outstanding. Ruby/purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, raspberries, garrique, char and spice. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has bold cherry fruit, a bit of spice and slight char. It is drinking well now and will continue to over the next seven to ten years. It is a great match for casseroles or on its own.
What a great showing for this wine. Yes, it is still a bit young, but really one of the best showings from this house I have seen. Time to get a few more bottles. It is 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and 5% Cinsault. Purple in color, ruby at the core. The nose is great with black raspberries, baking spices, garrique and slight lavender. Full bodied. Luxurious texture. Rich and full bodied. Medium tannins. Lots of concentrated black raspberry fruit over a bed of char and gravel. Long finish. Delicious. One of those wine when each sip makes one want another. It drinks g
i don't often drink Chateauneuf's with this much age on them. This one has held up well. Deep ruby in color. The nose is earthy with black cherries, slight sandalwood, some dried cherries and a bit of chocolate. The fruit on the palate is still fresh and lively with some depth. Underlying earthiness. Good balance. Some but not a lot of depth or complexity. This won't get better and probably needs to be consumed sooner than later. It is food friendly and will work well with stews, roasts and chili.
A very impressive showing. This is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre. It took some time to open and then drank beautifully.