Rhone Wine tasting: October 28, 2017

Cave de Tain ‘Premiere Note’ Marsanne, IGP Collines de Rhodaniennes  2015

Regular Price $14.99

Sale Price $11.99

Fresh and intense citrus flavors, including lemon and grapefruit, and delicate notes of white flowers. Bright and clear, with tints of green. Marsanne prefers the cooler slopes of the left bank of the Rhône river with sandy soils. Here, it develops a floral bouquet and intense white fruit aromas, a roundness and at the same time a freshness that stimulates the appetite.

Domaine Gres St. Vincent Cotes du Rhone Villages 2015

Regular Price $16.99

Sale price $12.99

Ripe and full with plush fruit flavors and aromas, this grenache blend is also quite lively and refreshing. The earthy anise and olives hints underscore the ripe berry flavors to make this a fine wine for grilled and roasted poultry and meats.

Domaine Alary ‘Vieilles Vignes’, Cairanne  2014

Regular Price $22.99

Sale Price $17.99

This old vine blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan overdelivers, providing deep rich fruit flavors, touched by rosemary and lavender. Bold and full but not at all heavy, this is a classic example of a great and traditional Rhone wine.

La Bastide Saint Vincent, Gigondas 2015

Regular Price $27.99

Sale price $21.99

Stylish and accessible, this unoaked blend wins with charm rather than muscle. It has all the components but is unflashy, unassertive and all together satisfying. This wine is a lesson for the critics who still think that bigger must be better.

David Reynaud ‘Les Monestiers’ Syrah, IGP Collines de Rhodaniennes 2016

Regular Price $22.99

Sale Price $17.99

Northern Rhone Syrah is big and dense and bold and brooding. This wine suggests all of that but offers a youthful buoyancy as well. The wine beckons rather than explodes and the fruits and covered by the earth, tar and herbs. But, at the end of the day, its fresher and friendlier than the first sip indicated. Have some ribs with this wine

Raymond Usseglio & Fils ‘Cuvee Girard’, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2014

Regular Price $49.99

Sale price $39.99

The Cuvée Girard is bottled exclusively for importer Peter Weygandt and is 85% Grenache with Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault filling out the blend. Made primarily from 50+ year old vines, the wine is supple and bountiful with front loaded blackberry and anise flavors and aromas. This is an expressive, joyful wine that offers limited benefit to those that wait. So, why wait?