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Schreiner's Winers- Ain't No Shame in Drinking Au Rhône

Posted by VegasOenophile, Mar 16, 2013.

For March, my tasting group explored the length of the Rhône valley.  Probably for consistency of quality, one of our best tastings to date with just about all o the wines showing well and being universally liked by all.  I was lucky to find/have access to some older vintages from estate sales and store cellars, so it made for a fun night.  Here's our lineup.

Ogier Cotes du Rhone Heritages Blanc 2008

E. Guigal Tavel 2011

Paul Jaboulet Aine Cotes du Rhone "Parallele 45" 2007

Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac "La Dame Rousse" 2009

Chateau du Trignon Rasteau 2001

Domaine du Grand Prieur Vacqueyras 2009

Domaine de Longue Toque Gigondas 2008

Par Philippe Cambie Les Halos de Jupiter Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009

Les Hauts du Fief (Cave de Tain) Crozes-Hermitage 2009

Jean-Luc Colombo "Terres Brulées" Cornas 2007

Paul Jaboulet Aine Cote Rotie "Les Jumelles" 1995

We had a few bonus wines, one provided by me and two from guests.

Domaine de la Deydiere Valreas Cuvée Maurice 1996

Santa Duc Cairanne "Les Buissons" 2001

And a non-Rhone, but tasty

Joseph Drouhin Volnay 2005

Total Wine has a great many of these younger wines and all are a good value for the quality.  Go out and try them and let me know if you agree!  The rest I got from small shops here in Las Vegas.


Reply by Richard Foxall, Mar 17, 2013.

I was interested to see how that Rasteau from 1996 did.  That's getting up there for a Grenache dominated blend, but your notes indicated that it was really benefiting by the time it spent in cellar.  I couldn't find the proportions, but was it Mourvedre-heavy?

I've got a Santa Duc Gigondas ('05) that is alleged to have a drinking window of 20 years (well, RP says so).  Part of me really wants to wait and see just how this bottle evolves, another part worries that I'll wait to long and it'll be dead.  I am somewhat encouraged by your findings of the Cairanne and, again, that older Valreas. 

Kind of surprising that the Syrahs from the N. Rhone were fading--I'm going to have to keep an eye on mine.


Reply by duncan 906, Mar 17, 2013.

Sounds like it was a pleasant evening.Reading this makes me want to try the two bottles I bought off the nice man from Domaine Tenon at the London France Show back in January.I have yet to collect the two bottles of Chateau-neuf-du-pape I have bought just this week and I am hoping they will be pretty good as well

Reply by amour, Mar 18, 2013.

Thanks for the Crozes Hermitage Head's-up!

Will further comment later this week.

I do shop Total Wine.

Just went to a Family Lurton tasting at a Total wine.  IT WAS GOOD.

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