Tag: Rhône

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.

The Grenachista Alder Springs Vineyard Grenache Noir Mendocino County 2016, California

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

Fruity nose with blueberries, black cherries, sweet strawberries, wood, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, chocolates, dust, pencil lead, alcohol and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, vanilla, licorice, spices, oak, wet leaves, herbs, light vegetables, dark coffee, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Grenache from Mendocino County. Easy drinking with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Lighter than I expected. Drinks very much like a good quality Côtes du Rhone.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up, and shows some structure and complexity.

This single Vineyard is showing more red fruits than their Dry Creek Valley Grenache.

A good wine to pair with food or just to sip on by itself. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$48.

Père Anselme Crozes-Hermitage 1980 Rhône, France

A nice and interesting 39 year old Northern Rhône red.

Light bodied with medium minus acidity.

Very earthy with red fruits, earth, forest floor, licorice, light oak and wet leaves.

Needs 30 minutes to open up and remove the stinky nose.

On the way out by now, but still drinkable. Not showing too much complexity and not much fruit left in it. Bitter on the finish.

I had a year ago with not much change, but still a nice experience to be able to taste these old wines.

I paired it with a cheese board.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

Azari Winery CorkScrew Luma Rouge 2011, California

Dark inky in color with a short and cloudy, deep brick rim.

Fruity nose of plums, cherries, wood, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, herbs, light vegetables, vinaigrette, tobacco and diet cola.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

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

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

This is a nice Syrah blend from Sonoma County. Tangy and spicy with lots of black fruits. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

This 8 year old is not from the best of vintages, and over the hill by now, but very tasty nonetheless.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours).

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.

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.