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.
We had a few bonus wines, one provided by me and two from guests.
And a non-Rhone, but tasty
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.
Schreiner's Winers- Ain't No Shame in Drinking Au Rhône
- 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 www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/39312 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.