Whenever we can find it, this is our March “anniversary” (of our first date) wine. First one was the ‘83 in 1987.
This ‘08 is on the decline but it still unmistakably a Reynaud Grenache. Spicy, earthy, iron-y, fragrant, powerful and elegant. I wish the importer would make more recent vintages available. We’re all cheated because it’s not. I had to shell out well over $100 to get this retail, clearly through a secondary market. Still, we’re happy to have it! — 10 days ago
Nice BBQ wine. Bright red fruits with a little acidity. A little bit of dust. Starts off with some of that southern Rhone funk you get from some wines, it goes away with a little airing out to reveal more white pepper in the back. — 10 days ago
We went through a bit a phase with this producer the past couple of weeks. It’s great to try the different cuvées in succession while they remain fresh in your memory. This one is made for the long run with great structure. Lots of black fruit backed by a bit of spice. 80% Grenache and 20% Carignan/Cinsault. — 20 days ago
As a bit of background, I'll typically reach for a Pinot Noir on most nights. But, I've been trying some Rhone wines lately and really enjoying them. This is a great example. Really well balanced. 55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Carignan and 5% each of Mourve'dre and Cinsault. — 4 days ago
I have one each of the 2010 and 2011 vintage. And, I will say that the 2011 vs 2010 comparison in CDP seems to be rather similar to Napa 2011 vs 2012/2010 when it comes to style. There is something very charming about these '11 CDP wines from well known producers. Where is the 2010 are extremely dark, punchy, full throttle, these 2011's are definitely lighter. Nose of iodine, plum, black cherry. Entry is sweet, dark figs for a second, and then turns into a lighter black cherry and cigar, hint of iodine, hint of bacon fat. Middle is plum, cola, earth. Finishes with quite a bit of acidity. Black pepper, plum, oregano, basil. Really intriguing wine. Wish I had more!! IMO this is a hold or drink wine. I actually do still expect this one to improve quite a bit in the bottle. — 13 days ago