étoile Du Rhône

Jean-Luc Colombo

Terres Brulées Cornas Syrah 2013

If tasting this blind next to a Calais Cuvee du Canton, you would think it was two different vintages of the same wine. Similar to the Calais, this has a nose of roasted fig and plum. Opens with a black fruit, fig, and spice cake note. Plum comes in to play towards the fimish and almost a blood orange type of citrus comes in as well. Finishes with some acidity but overall I'd say this is where the Calais actually exerts a little bit of dominance. Overall, a very nice wine. Still think it has a few years to develop. Wanted badly to rate it 9.3, but it just wasn't there. — 2 days ago

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Stephen Pierron

Stephen Pierron

@Mark Flesher I didn't even know that Ben made a syrah ! I wonder if he has any left? I really need to join his wine club.... just wish they shipped the wine.

Domaine de Longue Toque

Gigondas Red Rhone Blend 2015

Color of dark ruby, with a bit brown and purple note. Nose of dark fruit like cherry, dried raisin, interesting honey note, and indeed a bit ice wine nose touch. Taste of good oak, spice, dried strawberries, good tannins, medicinal note, spice, zest, crayon, and ripe aldehyde. Aftertaste of zest, spice, and simply tasty. She can be enjoyed now or later after 2020 I believe. — 12 days ago

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Domaine Gilles Barge

Côte Blonde Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2013

Lyle Fass
9.5

I’m much higher than Josh Raynolds on this. Soaring nose. Stunning blend of game, flowers, and more flowers, like violet and pastille as well. Amazing purity. The nose is really what it is all about. Just stunning. True ZOMG nose. Granite as well. Palate is structured and very juicy with stunning freshness and purity. Wow. An amazing mouthfeel and such length and texture. Really coats the palate. Stunning richness and decadence. Amazing balance. This is absolutely outrageous. — 5 days ago

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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Mon Coeur Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend 2016

Decanted 2 hours before we arrived at The Bird, this was the "arrival" wine to pair with hummus and olive oil. Acidity on this wine even after 2 hours was quite significant. But the hummus and olive oil and cheeses really paired quite well and allowed this wine to show a nice and slightly youthful dusty raspberry and a hint of mint. Olive and green pepper to the middle. The middle is darker, but still youthful and sweet. Finishes with a lot of restraint. 91 is a fair rating now, and I feel slight improvement is expected, but not much. Fair QPR here at 20 bucks retail. — 12 days ago

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Excellent value from a excellent producer.

Domaine du Grapillon d'Or

Excellence Gigondas 2015

Vintage 2015 / Childsmurder. The wine is fresh, elegant and open. Light minerality. Bitters. Strong taste with tannins. Beter keep it in the cellar for five years to see a wonder afterwards. — 4 days ago

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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Syrah 2008

Still way too young. Beautiful and extremely structured, but probably not a fair fight when the Grange had an extra 13 years of aging. — 8 hours ago

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Domaine La Garrigue

Vacqueyras 2014

Elegant and complex yet farmy and simply delicious. Makes me want to eat triangles of melted goat Brie and celebrate under umbrellas of red rains of GSM. A wine to celebrate at this afford. Purchased at $15, half price. Seriously?? Tell me how it feels to be grape-raped. — 3 days ago

Bill, Severn and 5 others liked this

Domaine des Bernardins

Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 2015

Pale lemon; pronounced intensity aromas of white flower, musk melon, ripe peaches, ripe pear, funk; medium sweet, medium acid, low alcohol, medium plus body, pronounced intensity flavors of white flower, peach, pear, apricot, musk melon; long finish, concentrated and integrated flavors, outstanding — 9 days ago

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Domaine de la Mordorée

Cuvée La Reine des Bois Lirac Red Rhone Blend 2013

Blanched almonds and dried prunes,
A nice, well rounded nose of old world.

Still a bit tight, and could use a few more years to smooth out.
Heavier bodied, Licorice, horehound, pomegranate, black fruit.
Mouth filling tannins, chewy!
9v acidity.
This is a great producer, loved for years. And I always have one on the shelf.
— 12 days ago

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Thierry Allemand

Chaillot Cornas Syrah 2011

Another great from the master that is drinking well now but will be much better with a few more years in the cellar. This had a perfumed nose of black cherry, mineral, licorice & violet with lovely balance & texture. — 11 days ago

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