Eric Guido

Location: Ridgewood, NY

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Food and Wine Writer for Snooth Media, Chef, Musician, Poet, Wine Lover, and Workaholic. Owner, Chef and Writer for The V.I.P. Table.

My top 2010 Southern Rhone wines

There is amazing value to be found in the Southern Rhone, especially in the categories of Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages and Gigondas.   What's more, 2010 has turned out to be an amazing vintage in the region.  I've been having a great time tasting through these wines.  

 

My top wine, Les Garrigues from Domaine de la Janasse, may not exactly be considered a "value" to some, but it's certainly is a relative value when you consider the quality of wine found in this bottle.  It's essentially a baby Chateauneuf du Pape.

 

The rest that follow are all amazing value wines that will thrill you with pure, focused fruit that is perfectly ripe yet never cloying.  These are great wines to introduce someone to the Southern Rhone and the styles that are possible in the region.

2. Éric Texier Roussanne Côtes du Rhône Brézème (2010)

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The nose showed blackberry with savory spices, reminding me of mustard seed and pepper followed by mineral laden black stone. On the palate, it was light-to-medium bodied with zesty acidity, black fruits, grill char, herbs and orange peel. The finish was dry with cheek puckering tannin, showing tart black fruits and pepper notes. (88 points)

Some wines just want time to open up and that was certainly the case with the Eric Texier Cotes du Rhone Brezeme.  When I first opened this bottle it seemed thin and diluted.  However, two hours later, it revealed all of it's alluring personality which lasted into the following day.  This was a very good bottle that will find fans of a more traditional style.

 
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