2007 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Vintage: 
2007
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Ruby in color, purple at the core.  The nose has cherries, slight mushrooms and slight pine needles.  On the palate, plenty of cherry fruit.  Depth and complexity as it unwinds in the glass.  Perhaps a bit more advanced than expected (more for the producer than the vintage) but drinking very well right now.  I would drink in the next 3 to 5 years though.  

2005 Montirius Gigondas Terres des Ainés, France, Rhone - Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This is an example of why to buy and cellar "lesser" wines in great vintages.  This is certainly improved since the last time I had it in 2010.  Right now it seems to be at peak.  It probably should be consumed in the next couple of years but should last longer.  Purple in color, with ruby swirls.  The wine took about 20 minutes to shed some bottle stink and then kept opening for the next hour at which point is plateaued until the bottle was emptied.  The nose is great with boysenberries, raspberries, roasted meat, spice and slight floral notes.  With air a bit of roasted herbs as well.  On

2012 Domaine de la Côte Sainte-Epine St. Joseph Vieilles Vignes, France, Rhone - Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

What a great value.  This wine is in a wonderful place right now.  Still youthful with some upside but delicious.  Purple in color.  The nose has black raspberries, black olives, slight bacon fact and slight violets.  On the palate, there is a lot of fruit here.  Black raspberries.  Also plenty of depth.  It unwinds in the glass with layers of fruit and earth.  Delicious.  It got better and better with air.  Worked grteat with food.  A Fass Selection wine.  

2009 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins, France, Rhone - Wine Review

Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+

What an excellent wine.  It seems mature but it keeps getting better so who knows.  Purple in color with some ruby swirls.  The nose is gorgeous with black and red cherries, spice and some barnyard.  On the palate, layers of cherries and dark cherries with some earthy funky notes.  Some licorice on the finish.  There are some tannins.  Great finish.  This is deep and complex and improved all night.  The price is unfortunately, hefty, but every once in a while, its worth it.  

2015 Saint Cosme Gigondas, France, Rhone - Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Very nice wine.  Deep ruby in color, bright.  The nose has black cherries, dusty, with leather.  On the palate, this is a rich,lush wine.  Firm tannins.  Plenty of dark cherry fruit with a mineral undertone.  Nice finish.  These are no longer great value plays but for around $50, this is competitive with Chateauneuf du Papes in terms of quality.  

2012 Château de Ségriès Lirac Cuvée Réservée, France, Rhone - Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Not as good as other vintages of this wine often are.  This is usually a stellar value.  That said, this is a solid wine and probably drinking at peak right now.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose is nice with dark cherries, slight violets and spice.  On the palate, this is one dimenstional.  But that has nice red fruits.  Good finish.  A solid wine to be sure.  

2014 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Fontaine, France, Rhone, Chateau Neuf du Pape - Wine Review

Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Deep golden in color.  Blind I guessed the was a Chardonnay.  Oh well.  Seems like a fair amount of oak in terms of vanilla and saw dust (to a lesser extent).  On the palate, lots of citrus (grapefruits) and a bit of wax.  At the same time, it has an oily texture.  Still, I found this very compelling.  Excellent acidity.  While it seemed like it needed time, it is also fresh and vibrant.  Going back to it after a few hours, it was as fresh as ever.  Very enjoyable.  

Northern Rhône Syrah: Foods to Pair and Meals that Call for Northern Rhône Syrah

The Northern Rhône region in France—the classic spot for Syrah wines. This is where the variety originated and where it became popular in the 1970s after decades of decline. In recent years, Syrah has become famous as a varietal wine and as a blending partner (with Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, to name two) all over the world, from Spain to the US and Australia. But when I think of Syrah, it’s France that comes to mind—medium to full-bodied wines with intoxicating aromas of exotic flowers, game and roasted meats, a stony minerality and an utterly seductive herbaceous quality. There are five appellations for Syrah in the Northern Rhône: the Côte-Rôtie, St.-Joseph, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage, the most famous region in the world for Syrah. In Hermitage, well-known producers like Guigal and Jaboulet produce wines meant to age for decades, with prices that could take a regular person about that long to save up enough to afford, for example, Guigal’s internationally traded, high-end “La La” wines, which are some of the most expensive in the world. Northern Rhône Syrah is so rich and powerful that merchants in Bordeaux in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries blended it with their own wines to strengthen them.

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