Tag: Côte du Rhône

Domaine du Terme Vacqueyras Rouge 2018, Rhône, France



A pretty color of ruby with a wide red rim.

On the nose cherries, blueberries, violets, spices, river rocks, earth, concrete, light vegetables and black pepper.

Medium bodied and airy, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, coffee, earth, vegetables, light alcohol and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and red chili powder.

This is a young red blend from Southern Rhone. Showing fresh fruits with earth notes. Nice and interesting.

Needs an hour to open up and remove some of the acidity. Tannins show up after 60 minutes.

Already drinking nicely, but needs a few years to calm down. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Showing mild complexity, and a little hot at the back of the throat right now. Gentle and elegant. Spicy and tangy.

Good by itself and better with food. Paired nicely with Camembert and crackers.

A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. Unfiltered and fined.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$22.

Gonnet La Font Du Vent Côtes du Rhône Blanc Les Promesses 2020, France

Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Nose of citrus, limes, green apples, white flowers, honey, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices and white pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with green apples, grapefruits, citrus, spices, sea salt, earth, black pepper, bitter herbs and river rocks.

Tangy and earthy finish with bitter almonds.

This is a nice white blend from Côtes du Rhône. Easy drinking, refreshing, and good right out of the bottle. Shows an interesting nose.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers. Paired very nicely with smoked white fish.

A blend of 40% Viognier, 20% Clairette, 20% Grenache Blanc and 20% Roussanne. Aged in stainless steel and concrete vats for 7 months. Organic and Vegan.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$17.

Tranche Estate Blue Mountain Vineyard Pape Blanc 2017, Walla Walla Valley Washington State

Pale lemon in color.

Very aromatic nose of pears, peaches, white flowers, spices, apricots, yellow apples, light earth, white pepper and herbs.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with grapefruits, limes, lemons, green apples, bitter herbs, earth, vegetables, wet leaves and white pepper.

Nice spicy finish with white pepper.

This is a nice and interesting Rhône blend from Walla Walla Valley in Washington State.

Spicy with nice complexity and a tangy finish. The nose is fruit forward, yet the palate is much earthier, which is always interesting.

This Single Vineyard is tangy and refreshing. I loved smelling on it for a while. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine and good with food. Would pair nicely with oysters. I had it by the pool and paired it with Brie cheese.

A blend of 32% Viognier, 19% Grenache Blanc, 15% Roussanne, 15% Marsanne, 15% Picpoul Blanc and 4% Clairette Blanche.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.

Château Signac Côtes du Rhône Pliocène 2018, France

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium plus intensity.

Strong nose of blueberries, black currants, licorice, light oak, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, vegetables, barnyard, spices, tobacco, chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, bitter herbs, spices, chocolates, tobacco, green vegetables, earth and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is an easy drinking Grenache blend from Côtes du Rhône in France.

Showing mild complexity with a nice and spicy mouthfeel.

A good everyday wine. Pop and pour kind of wine and good right out of the bottle.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$16.

Domaine de la Grange Neuve Côte du Rhône Rasteau Rouge 1979, Southern Rhône, France

This is an old and stinky Syrah blend from Côte du Rhône.

Beautiful color of light ruby with a wide brick rim.

Light on the nose and stronger on the palate.

Very dry on the palate with plums, currants, licorice, light oak, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee and dark chocolates.

Long finish with no tannins at all at this point.

This 40 year old Côte du Rhône is still drinking very nicely. Such a nice surprise. Showing great complexity.

I’ve never had such an old Côte du Rhône, and this is a very interesting experience.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show the complexity.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of dried meats.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

Famille Perrin Côte du Rhône Reserve Rouge 2016, France

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, cherries, sweet strawberries, oak, vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, black currants, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a simple red blend from Southern Rhone. Good right out of the bottle and better a bit chilled. Gets a little bitter as it opens up, with more earth and vegetable notes.

A good everyday wine and good for parties.

A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre.

Good by itself and better with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats, cheeses and grapes.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

85 points.

$12.

Domaine de Verquiere Rasteau AOP 2016 Rhône Valley, France

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Nice fruity nose with black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, oak, light vanilla, bitter herbs, pencil lead, vegetables, dark chocolates, peppercorn and earth.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cherries, oak, cloves, spices, oak, licorice, earth, vegetables, graphite, bitter herbs, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with medium length and fine tannins.

This 3 year old Côte du Rhône Villages is peaking now. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel, with a great nose.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (1 hour).

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points. Robert Parker 91 points.

Good by itself or with food. An easy drinking red wine. I paired it with light appetizers.

A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$16.

Château Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010, Rhone, France

This is a very enjoyable CDP. Showing black fruits with chocolates, earth, wood, vanilla, vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, spices, peppercorn, leather, vinaigrette and tobacco leaf.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and very yummy. At this point it is showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a from a great vintage, Drinking, very nicely now, and will age nicely in the next 10 years.

Robert Parker 94 points.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. Aged in stainless steel vats (70%) and new oak barrels (30%).

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Crux Winery GSM Red Blend 2014 Russian River Valley, California

Deep ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, raspberries, sweet cherries, earth, vanilla, wood, licorice, vegetables, pencil lead, wet leaves, black tea, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, black plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, herbs, vegetables, spices, peppercorn, tobacco, dark chocolates, beef jerky, earth and cola.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very enjoyable Rhone blend from Russian River Valley in California. Spicy and fruity with lots of earth notes that makes it interesting.

Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Feels like a blend of Old and New World wine, which is always engaging and pleasant to drink.

Drinking very nicely now, as a five-year-old, and will age nicely in the next 5 years. I really enjoyed the tangy ending.

Good by itself or with food, and needs an hour to open up properly.
After 2 hours of airtime, the nose really opened up and it was so nice to smell on it for a while.

A blend of 58% Grenache 22% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah and 2% Petite Sirah. A small production of only 315 cases produced.

I paired it with Brie cheese and roasted almonds.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$46.

Xavier Vignon Côte du Rhône Rouge 2011, France

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish/ purplish rim.

On the nose, blueberries, light cherries, light vanilla, wet leaves, earth, tobacco leaf, leather, licorice, spices, black pepper, bitter herbs and vegetables.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Very dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, spices, vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco leaf, dark coffee, peppercorn, earth and black tea.

Long finish with grippy tannins (after 2 hours of airtime) and tangy cranberries.

This 8 year old Côte du Rhône is still drinking nicely although on the decline now. Not fully balanced with hugh tannins. I had it 3 years ago and it was not ready at all. Much better now.

Earthy, big and would be a nice addition to a fatty BBQ steak. I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$14.