Tag: Rhône

Chateau de Vaudieu Amiral G. Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012, Rhône, France


This is a delicious 10 year old Grenache from Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Medium plus in body and fruit forward, with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Dry on the palate with medium acidity and a beautiful flowery nose.

Showing black fruits with oak, licorice, spices, tobacco, herbs, leather, earth, peppercorn, cola and chocolates.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a wonderful wine at this point. Easy drinking right out of the bottle, and so much better after 4 hours of airtime.

I had this vintage 2 years ago and loved it as well. Peaking now, and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

This delicious wine, from a good vintage in Southern Rhône, is showing great balance.

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

100% Grenache grapes were aged for 18 months in new large oak barrels.

15% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$90.

Halter Ranch Vineyard Adelaida District Grenache Blanc 2020 Paso Robles, California


Pale lemon in color with a golden tint.

Strong nose of citrus, yellow and green apples, earth, limes and spices.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, river rocks, minerals, earth, spices and herbs.

Tangy finish with black pepper and almonds.

This is a nice Grenache Blanc from Paso robles. Crisp and refreshing. Fruit forward with lots of earth notes, that make it feel like a Southern Rhône White.

A good quality wine. Would be nice to revisit it in a few years and see how it evolved.

Good by itself and better with food.

A blend of 79% Grenache Blanc, 12% Picpoul Blanc and 9% Viognier. Fermented in a mix of Hungarian and French Oak barrels, and aged for 8 months. Only 950 cases produced.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$40.

Famille Gonnet Font du Vent Cuvée Tradition Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2019, France




Dark cherry in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose raspberries, strawberries, cherries, light oak, spices, herbs, earth, dried meats, wild flowers, garrigue, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, black currants, blueberries, light wood, earth, dark coffee, light bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Grenache blend from Southern Rhone. Elegant and interesting.

Tangy and spicy with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with nice complexity.

This 3-year-old is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

Easy drinking and better after 90 minutes in the decanter.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003, France





Ruby in color with a short brick rim.

On the nose black currant, black cherries, black plums, wet leaves, vanilla, earth, wood, vegetables, tobacco leaf, dark chocolates, espresso and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, earth, vinaigrette, tobacco leaf, herbs and black pepper.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable red blend from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Nicely aged with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Needed a couple of hours to open up properly. Spicy and interesting with lots of earth notes. Delicious.

This 19 year old is peaking now so drink up.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with fresh pizza.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$70.



La Célestière TraditionChâteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2013, France


This is a very nice Grenache blend from Southern Rhone.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, barnyard, vegetables, spices, bitter herbs, wet leaves, earth and black pepper.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

Has a very pretty color now, and the nose is really stinky, even after 4 hours in a decanter, with lots of barnyard and animal notes.

Wine Enthusiasts 93 points.

Feels more like a Northern Rhone red. The Syrah seems to be very dominant.

A very enjoyable food wine that I paired with braised beef short ribs in red wine sauce.

A blend of 55% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 15% Cinsault.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40 (current vintage).

M. Chapoutier La Mordoree Côte Rotie 2007 Rhône, France

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

Dry on the palate and medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing blueberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, olives, spices, tobacco, light barnyard, vegetables, herbs, dark chocolates and coffee.

This 14 year old is nicely balanced, with a nice mouthfeel. I really enjoyed the nose here.

Needed 3 hours of airtime to open up properly, but was good right out of the bottle too.

Thank you Scott for sharing.

Drinking nicely now and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

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

100% Syrah grapes were hand-picked from 60 year old Vines. Aged for 16 months in Oak barrels.

13% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$120.

Xavier Vignon Ange Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2001, France

Ruby in color with a wide red rim.

Nose of blueberries, plums, light wood, spices, coffee, nail polish remover, tobacco, earth, light wet leaves, herbs and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, light wood, earth, vinaigrette, tobacco, bitter herbs, spices, vegetables, dark coffee and black pepper.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty and nicely aged Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Elegant and smooth.

Good by itself or with food and a little stinky on the nose. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the complexity.

Thank you Scott for sharing.

Great all by itself. Yummy and interesting.

This unique wine was held in oak barrels until 2010, at which point it was blended. Bottled only in 2019.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$100.

Booker Vineyard Oublie 22 2016 Paso Robles, California



This is a delicious GSM Blend from Paso Robles. Soft and smooth with nice complexity.

Showing a great nose, very flowery and complex.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, currants, light oak, spices, vanilla, light barnyard, peppercorn, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee, cola, earth and black tea.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This 5 year old is drinking very nicely now and will continue to age in the next 10 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime. Peaked after 3 hours, showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board. Very tasty.

A blend of 55% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah. Aged in French oak barrels for 22 months.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$85.

Les Allies Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016, France


Ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, sweet cherries, currants, oak, light vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, black tea and wet leaves.

This is a tasty Grenache blend from Southern Rhone. Well balanced with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

This 5 year old, from one of the better vintages in the last 20 years, is still young and would be better in 5 years, but already drinking very nicely.

Wine Enthusiasts 91 points.

Showing a pretty nose of wild flowers with earth notes. Fruityer on the palate and very juicy.

A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$45.

Clos Saint Michel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Rouge 2012 Rhône, France



Dark ruby in color with a wide ruby rim.

Strong nose of black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, peppercorn, chocolates, graphite, dark coffee, vinaigrette, vanilla, oak, light mold, black tea, bitter herbs and spices.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, bell pepper, cherries, oak, vanilla, cloves, spices, smoke, graphite, tobacco leaf, bitter herbs, black tea, coffee, river rocks and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries..

This is a great GSM blend from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

This 9 year old needs 2 hours to open up properly, and wasn’t good right out of the bottle. I had this vintage six years ago, and boy did it change. Drinking very nicely now. Delicious actually.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables and fresh grapes.

A blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$50 (current vintage).