Tag: Côtes 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.

Les Producteurs Reunis Vinsobres Côtes du Rhône 1978, France

Ruby in color with a brick rim and medium intensity.

Nose of black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, oak, light vanilla, earth, vegetables, wet leaves, spices, tobacco leaf, black tea, barnyard, black pepper and light bell pepper.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, barnyard, green vegetables, herbs, chocolates, wood, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather and smoke.

Short finish with no tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a nicely aged Côtes du Rhône. Showing great complexity and a soft mouthfeel. Not fully balanced any longer, but still very drinkable. I didn’t expect it to be where it was. What a nice surprise.

Drinking this 41 year old is a great experience. I kept smelling on it for a long time.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

I paired it with light appetizers.

13% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.