Eric Guido

Location: Ridgewood, NY

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.

7. Domaine du Grapillon d'Or Gigondas (2010)

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The nose showed spicy blackberry fruit with lavender, black pepper, dried meats and crushed rocks. On the palate, it was like velvet over a stone-structure yet juicy throughout with black fruits, spice and hints of black licorice. Berries, pepper and olive tapenade lingered on the medium-long finish with a tinge of heat. (92 points)

Domaine du Grapillon has been making one of my "go-to" bottles of Gigondas for the last five years.  These are ripe but with beautiful focus and Gigondas character.  

 
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