Hailed as the winemaking wizard of the Rhône, Jean-Luc Colombo has achieved a high-profile international reputation for making innovative wines tha... Read more
/ Bright ruby. Spicy dark berries and cherry on the nose, with subtle licorice and tobacco character building with air. Solid red and dark fruit f... Read more
/ This straddles the Old and New worlds, offering lots of fresh, juicy cherry and black plum fruit against a spicy, ferrous background. It's as in... Read more
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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 wines representing major appellations of the Rhône Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France. Production Area Rhone Valley, France Grapes are hand-picked from 60-year-old vines on a single vineyard site of steep granite terraces. The vineyards are located in Crozes-Hermitage, which is located in the Northern Rhone valley, on the left bank of the Rhone River. All work in the vineyards is done manually and without the use of pesticides or irrigation, respecting the local environment. Grape Varieties 100% Syrah Vinification Grapes are harvested by hand into small, shallow containers and vinified traditionally, undergoing a lengthy maceration in the process. The wine is aged 15 months in oak barrels ranging from one to two years in age. Color Dark purple Bouquet Intense; reminiscent of blackberries and licorice, supported by notes of black pepper Taste A wonderful combination of the New World & Old World styles as this wine has lots of fresh cherry and black plum fruit flavors against an intense, spicy, mineral background. This wine has a silky texture and a glossy finish. Alcohol 13% Serving Suggestions Pairs well with red meats, hearty pasta dishes with garlic and red sauce, barbecue and aged cheeses.
/ Bright ruby. Spicy dark berries and cherry on the nose, with subtle licorice and tobacco character building with air. Solid red and dark fruit flavors show good depth and a solid framework, finishing withdecent sweetness but drying tannins.
/ This straddles the Old and New worlds, offering lots of fresh, juicy cherry and black plum fruit against a spicy, ferrous background. It's as intense as the fuchsia-ringed color suggests, a Crozes for roast game.
/ “This wine represents a round, soft style of Crozes-Hermitage and is for immediate pleasure. Rich black cherry fruit is accented by subtle wood spice and anise notes chime in on the almost lush finish.”
Les Fees Brunes 2010 - 92 points, Wine Review Online/ ): Jean-Luc Colombo 2010 “Les Fees Brunes” Crozes-Hermitage is a result of Jean-Luc’s stellar stewardship of the vines. Crozes-Hermitage, a few miles up the river Rhone from Tain-l’Hermitage, is the largest appellation of the northern Rhone and the least revered, at least in comparison to nearby Cote-Rotie and Hermitage. This wine comes from a single-vineyard site situated on a steep hillside. It is farmed naturally, without pesticides, and it stands out from most other wines of Crozes-Hermitage. The vineyard is 100 percent syrah. The 2010, from Jean-Luc describes as one of the three best vintages in his winemaking experience, is beautifully structured, exhibiting firm tannins that support silky layers of plum and blueberry aroma, with a hint of spicy oak. Considering Colombo’s top wines retail for more than $80 a bottle, this one is a steal. It should age exceptionally well over the next 10 years, and the alcohol –by-volume (ABV) is a modest 13 percent.
/ Lots of cherry and raspberry confiture aromas and flavors, along with lush mocha and spice. Long, smoky finish shows a fine mineral edge and solid acidity too. Drink now through 2015.
Les Fees Brunes 2005 - 4 Stars, Wine & Spirits/ Wine & Spirits Champions of Value: "Northern Rhone Syrah"
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