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Jean-Luc Colombo St. Peray la Belle de Mai 2012
This dry Rosé, a blend of 67% Syrah and 33% Mourvèdre, has complex flavors of fresh raspberries, cherries, a hint of black olive and finishes with an elegant touch of freshness and spice. Serve with a wide range of fish, poultry and vegetarian fare or as simply as an aperitif at a café terrace by the water's edge.
External Reviews for Jean-Luc Colombo St. Peray la Belle de Mai
Cape Bleue Rose 2010 - 88 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar/ Pale pink. Spices and orange zest on the nose, with a slow-building redcurrant quality and a hint of white pepper. Dry, tightly wound and refreshingly brisk, offering nervy but slightly hard-edged red fruit and citrus flavors. Finishes with good bite and length, echoing the citrus note. This drinks very well by itself.
/ Deep ruby. Smoky, mineral-dominated bouquet offers ripe cherry and cassis, along with cured meat, anise and dried flowers. Weightier dark berry flavors are sweetened by cola and floral pastilles, finishing with supple tannins and very good length. This is already complex and not hard at all.
Hailed as the winemaking wizard of the Rhône, Jean-Luc Colombo has achieved a high-profile international reputation for making innovative wines that are original, memorable and bursting with personality. Despite a resolute aversion to change in the Cornas region, Colombo has brazenly introduced innovative methods in his vineyards and throughout the production process based on a respect for nature and his fundamental belief that good wine is the culmination of three key elements: terroir, human endeavor and modern winemaking techniques. The result? A more accessible style of Rhône Valley wines, reflecting an exuberance of fruit and depth of expression and showcasing the full potential of the Syrah grape when grown in the unique terroir of Cornas. Through his intense dedication, Colombo has brought the wines of Cornas into the international limelight. The company now embraces 27 wines representing major appellations of the Rhône Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France. Production Area Ferrous mica-schiste terraces, very steep, covered with a layer of sand and lime Grape Varieties 95% Syrah; 5% Viognier of 30 year-old vines from Cote Blonde and Brune Vinification Only free run juice is used, and the wine undergoes 3 weeks of post maceration at a controlled temperature of 86°F. The wine is matured 18 months in oak barrels and then fined using egg white prior to bottling, but is unfiltered. Color Deep ruby red Bouquet Superb smoky nose of exotic spices and jammy black fruit Taste Dense flavors prevail; a very complex, concentrated wine Alcohol 13% Serving Suggestions A first-rate pairing with lamb dishes, chicken tagine, and game birds.
Imported New Releases/ An enchanting scent of white flowers and plums rises from this plush, fruity, Cote-Rotie, a rich wine that shows the ripeness of the vintage. Traditionalists need not buy; hedonists should scoop it up.
The Comeback of Condrieus Is the Story of a Singular Grape/ Fresh, lively and straightforward.
/ Perfumed aromas of mandarin orange and tangerine candy are bright and floral, leading to a burst of stone fruit flavors. The 40-year-old vines here give this a firm and concentrated depth, and while this is aged in 100 percent new oak, the balance is impeccable, adding layers of texture and giving the wine a sense of refinement and grace.
Daily Wine Picks/ Very pure, with a lovely, creamy mouthfeel. Sports melon, mango, peach and butter notes, with a fine minerality buried on the finish. Drink now through 2008.
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