Nice showing for this although still on the youthful side. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, slightly meaty with b lack olives. Full bodied. Great liveliness. Nice texture. On the palate, black raspberries with underlying char and just a bit of black olives. Nice finish. This should continue to improve for another three to five years and drink well for ten to twelve more after that. This drinks well on its own and even better with food. Stews or chili is a nice choice.
This is a relatively newer producer in the Rhone whose wines should be on your radar. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, white pepper, roasted herbs and a slight violet note. On the palate, this is full bodied. Delicious. Black raspberry fruit over smoke and nice minerality. Long finish. This will go great with roasts and casserole but also Indian and more robust Thai food. It still will continue to improve for the next five to seven years and should be good for ten to fifteen, at least, after that.
These are great values in Northern Rhone Syrah. Fass Selections is their importer and distributor in the US. For those looking for some different wines, sign up for their daily e-mail blasts of wines for direct sale. While this will improve a bit with cellaring, it drinks well now, especially with a bit of air. Purple in color, ruby swirls. The nose is nice with black raspberries, roasted herbs and slight black pepper. Medium bodied. On the palate, the fruit is a bit lighter but still in the black raspberry vein. An underlying minerality with some char. Good acidity. Nice finish.
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This is the "Negociant" line of wines although the vineyards are in fact, owned by Chave. It is what used to be labelled as Celeste. There are two big differences between this and the Hermitage. First, this is 100% Roussanne while those are all or mostly Marsanne. Second, this is grown on granite soils as opposed to limestone and schist giving this wine more minerality. Yellow gold in color. The nose is very nice. Minerals for sure but also a bit of was and vanilla with an earthiness that is intriguing. On the palate, this has a lovely creamy texture. Slightly lemon with vanilla an
This is what is sometimes referred to as an "orange" wine. What that means is that it is fermented on its skins. The extended skin contact transfers some color to what is otherwise a white wine. It has other effects on the wines depending on the wine making process. Though this style of winemaking has been around for a long time, a small subsection or wine lovers and commentators discovered these wines about ten years ago and became enthralled with them. Like anything however, just because a wine is made in this style doesn't make them good or bad. This one, however, is very good. Th
On a cold winter Sunday, after making a pot of Lentil Soup, this was opened and it was a perfect match. St. Joseph Blancs are not all that common but this one is worth searching out (so are this producer's reds)! Light golden in color. The nose is nice with a bit of wax, but nice peach and slight tropical fruit. Very clean. On the palate, this comes across with a lot of acidity until the finish where it get's really turned up. Nice creamy texture. Some peach and slight bees wax. Depth For around $25, this was a great match.
Purple in color. The nose is great with black raspberries, black pepper, slight charred meats and hints of bacon. On the palate, this is pretty ripe for St. Joseph but well with limits. Lovely, full texture. Lots of black raspberry fruit with underlying earth. Deep with layers that unwind in the glass. Still young but getting there. Needs bigger or spicy foods to match. Works well on its own. A bit expensive for a St. Joseph but well worth the $60 tariff release price.
Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has a lot of funk/barnyard. Some blows off with air but not all. There is also some boysenberry fruit, leather and slight bacon fat. On the palate, this is drinking well. Probably at or close to maturity. Boysenberry layered with damp earth. Good acidity. Nice finish. This needs heartier foods to work with. No hurry but probably should be drunk in the next five to seven years.
2015 is considered a very ripe year in the Northern Rhone. Most seem to think it a great vintage but some old school drinkers have issue with the ripeness. There is no right answer but plan accordingly. This is on the big and ripe side. Purple in color, a thin line of ruby at the rim. Great nose of black raspberries, bacon fat, and slight grilled meats. On the palate, this is deep with tons of black raspberry fruit. Medium tannins. It unwinds in the glass. It won't peak for at lest a decade and be good for at least another after that. Still, today it is delicious.