Rhône Valley Vineyards

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Syrah 2001

This bottle was a library release from the Chave cellars. Decanted about an hour prior to service (but could have benefited from more time) and enjoyed over the course of several hours. The 2001 Chave rouge pours a deep ruby/purple color with a near opaque core; medium+ viscosity with significant staining of the tears. On the nose, the wine is developing with notes of charred blueberry pie, mushrooms, scorched earth, grilled meat, coffee, black pepper and soft baking spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannins and medium+ acid. Confirming the notes from the nose. The finish is long and super complex. With more and more air, this really came into its own. Totally Chave. Totally Hermitage. Totally awesome. Drink now with a little patience and through 2041. — 6 days ago

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Lyle Fass

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94 is my fave old one that is affordable. Also 96.
Jay Kline

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@Lyle Fass I have not had an opportunity to enjoy either but I hope that changes!
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@Jay Kline less ripe years pre 2004 I adore. After 2004 I find the wines are more forced, modern and “made.”

Domaine Auguste Clape

Cornas Syrah 1995

Jeremy Shanker
9.4

Smoke show of a wine. Literally and figuratively. — 7 days ago

David, Joshua and 7 others liked this

Domaine Jamet

Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2011

Dynamite! Wow! Olives, black pepper, stems, the complexity here is incredible. I love these herbal savory elements. — 16 days ago

Severn, Bob and 11 others liked this

Thierry Allemand

Chaillot Cornas Syrah 2008

As can be seen, got the last dregs. Way more herbal than the Gonon, but still a youngster at 16. — 7 days ago

Shay, Peter and 15 others liked this

Château Rayas

Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blend 2008

What a wine! Perfect garnet color. Smells of clean stables, roses, dry orange peel, herbs and stone. The wine softly coats the palate with vibrant red fruit and a symphony of acidity and balance that just envelope. Amazing wine. — 8 days ago

Ericsson, Jose and 26 others liked this
Jan de Weerd

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E. Guigal

Côtes du Rhône Red Rhône Blend 2022

Love this any time of year but it really cuts through the hot, humid summer weather we’re getting. Fruits rouges, plum, vanilla(?), and a very light salinity. Tastes like spring in the Alps. — 13 days ago

E. Guigal

La Landonne Côte-Rotie Syrah 2017

Nicho rodo ludo barush pozas keno — 8 days ago

Jan, Severn and 6 others liked this

Thierry Allemand

Cornas Reynard (R) Syrah 2005

This was big, structured, meaty with dark fruit, graphite, licorice, spice, mineral & violet — 6 days ago

jesus, Severn and 8 others liked this

Château de Saint-Cosme

Gigondas Red Rhone Blend 2021

Timothy Eustis
8.9

I love the power, the spice, the rich mouthfeel. But damn, 15.5%. It’s a hot mess. One that I rather like but a bit too much. 2021. Could be a bit more restrained and it’d score higher. Will I keep buying this? Yep. — 15 days ago

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Tom Casagrande

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My red line is 15%. Arbitrary, perhaps. But there it is.

Domaine du Pegau

Cuvée Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2005

Opened and poured into a decanter about four hours prior to service. The 2005 pours a deep garnet with a near opaque core; medium+ viscosity with no staining of the tears and some sediment. One the nose, the wine is developing with powerful notes of ripe brambles, garrigue, cool spices, leather, licorice, and espresso. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannins and medium+ acid. Confirming the notes from the nose. The finish is long, tart and sapid. A wine of pedigree and yet, has a rusticity that gives a nod to its origin. Drink now through 2035+? — 17 days ago

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