High quality white Rhone blend with 50% Marsanne, 25% Roussanne, and 25% Viognier. Bright aromas of apricot, cantaloupe, honeysuckle, and light citrus. Medium body. A bit waxy but balanced by fresh acidity. Crisp finish with hint of sea breeze.
Reasonably priced for a small production of 220 cases. — 2 months ago
I’ve never had anything like this. Brunello like, musty, earthy, dried red fruit in the best way. garnet color.. First experience with a wine of this age, it’s an epiphany for me. — 2 years ago
Always nice to drink old wine — 2 years ago
breathing didn’t improve it. Melon, citrus, mineral. Good, not stellar. — 10 months ago
So I realize that we’re suppose to have canceled this producer, but in our defense we were offered this wine as consolation when the Bandol we requested was OOS and there were no complaints.
Damn was this wine an epiphany — intensely fragrant with rose petals and geranium on the nose and palate. Ripe nectarines and blood orange with some nebulous savory herbal quality too. A really special wine to pair with a really fabulous birthday girl @Maura Passanisi
*not to gloss over the fact that Fulvio Bressan said some unforgivable, ignorant and hateful racist things and should be held accountable personally and professionally. — 2 years ago
Served double-blind as a sort of epilogue to an already epic night. This was served alongside another red wine that was also presented double-blind. Immediately, I called this Southern Rhone and the other wine, Sangiovese from Toscano (it ended up being a 2012 Biondi Santi Riserva). This presented a bright ruby color in the glass with a transparent core. This wine…had an OMG nose. The kind of aromatics that could end all wars and bring a century of peace to all mankind. It’s both powerful and elegant. Both ripe and fresh. An androgynous wine that represents both masculine and feminine with a grace that would make Prince or David Bowie envious. Gorgeously layered red and dark fruits, exotic spices, licorice and garrigue wrapped in the most beautifully textured package imaginable. It reminded me of something similar a previous experience; like Fonsalette…but this was different, there was more here. When you taste this, everything becomes clear. You look at everyone at the table differently; for what you have more in common instead of what makes us different. An experience akin to an Odesza show on MDMA. It’s that profound and then you are forever changed. You wake up the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that and weeks go by and your worldview is different. You see love in everything. And then it was revealed to be a 2010 Chateau Rayas. *Insert expletive*. A magnificent wine. An epiphany and, as far as I’m concerned, perfect. This is not merely a great Chateauneuf du Pape. This transcends the appellation. It should be its own AOC. Drink now or whenever you’re reading this note. — 6 months ago
Excelsior! Great trip to Santa Barbara to get this. — 2 years ago