This 100% Syrah is tank-fermented and aged, and bottled unfiltered for the American importer. It has been a favorite of mine in certain vintages. I... Read more
Textbook Rhône with plenty of flashy fresh red fruit and ripe black fruit flavors. Light enough to suit poultry dishes, yet robust enough for red m... Read more
A reliable offering in many vintages, this cuvée, selected by the American importer and bottled unfiltered, emerges from a well-run cooperative sou... Read more
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This 100% Syrah is tank-fermented and aged, and bottled unfiltered for the American importer. It has been a favorite of mine in certain vintages. I just finished my last magnum of 1995 which was still youthful, and full of rich blackberry fruit. Made by a cooperative south of Avignon, it possesses gorgeously pure, rich, blackberry and cassis fruit, medium to full body, low acidity, and ripe, sweet tannin. Since 10,000 cases of this Côtes du Rhône make it to the United States, availability should be reasonably good. Drink this fruit bomb over the next 4-5 years for its gutsy exuberance. It is an excellent value.
Textbook Rhône with plenty of flashy fresh red fruit and ripe black fruit flavors. Light enough to suit poultry dishes, yet robust enough for red meats and pastas, this wine showcases the versatility of Rhône reds.
A reliable offering in many vintages, this cuvée, selected by the American importer and bottled unfiltered, emerges from a well-run cooperative south of Avignon. The dense ruby/purple-colored 2000 offers a sweet perfume of jammy cassis and licorice. Supple, fleshy, full-bodied, and loaded with fat and fruit, it will drink well for 3-4 years, although bottles of the 1995 in my cellar are holding up beautifully.
Yet another brand/cuvée from the great co-op of Estézargues, this is a cleverly named 100% Grenacha wine. Starts with bold spice and cherry aromas, then builds on the palate, offering fruit-forward flavors that finish minerally and crisp. Juicy and easy to drink.
Readers familiar with the sensational Côtes du Rhônes of the Domaine Gramenon will be pleased to know that importer Eric Solomon has found another estate making wines comparable to Gramenon's. This producer formerly sold all of his Syrah cuvees to Marcel Guigal. One thousand four hundred cases were made of this knock-out, 100% Syrah cuvée made from 60-year-old vines. It reveals a saturated ruby/purple color, a huge, peppery, cassis-scented nose. Rich and full-bodied, with a seductive, sweet, expansive mid-palate, voluptuous texture, and a pure personality, this knock-out wine is worth buying by the case. It should drink well for 4-5 years.
A red blend made up predominantly of Syrah, dishing out loads of mouthwatering plum and cherry fruit followed by a dash of spice on the finish.
The knock-out, 100% Grenache 2004 Cotes du Rhone-Villages La Granacha is made from 60-80-year old vines cropped at 28-30 hectoliters per hectare, and bottled with no filtration (as is its sibling), it is pure kirsch liqueur with loads of soul and personality. It comes across like a bargain-priced Chateauneuf du Pape. Spicy, with loads of sweet cherry and strawberry fruit, and enough acidity to provide definition, it can be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years.
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