Northern Rhône, Rhône

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

J.L. Chave Sélection Hermitage Blanche Marsanne Roussanne 2016

Pretty notes of candied peach, taffy, buttered lemon, cotton candy, some really intoxicating fruit perfume on the nose. On the palate this is sweet; tastes like not insubstantial residual sugar.

Very hedonistic but there’s not nearly enough acid or the kind of searing minerality that balances the ripeness of best Rhone whites. For now at least, it is way too heavy for my palate. Very interesting to contrast with Aine’s second white hermitage, Chevalier du Sterimberg, which from my point of view has all that this is missing.
— 5 days ago

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Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah 2011

Had the 2011 and the 2013 tasted together at the visitor center - deciding which to buy...The 2011 is ready for drinking, smooth tannins. Full notes when we will open at home. 2011 was my winner... — 9 days ago

Alex, Jason and 9 others liked this

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Les Cassines Condrieu Viognier 2017

This producer has been batting 1000 recently. Nose is beautiful butterscotch and birthday cake. Plus paw paw and orange creamsicle, palate has fabulous acid and some nice minerals, also very long. Quite honeyed but with a wonderful phenolic bite, lingers unbelievably long. Great right out of the gate. — 13 days ago

Tom, Douglas and 30 others liked this

Domaine Lionnet

Terre Brûlée Cornas Syrah 2019

Dark, inky, jammy with rich dark berry fruits, graphite, mocha & violet — 3 days ago

Alex, Paul and 6 others liked this

Jean-Luc Colombo

Les Ruchets Cornas Syrah 2007

Baked plum pudding, sweet cigar wrapper, leather, autumn leaves, light notes of bacon fat, pipe ash. Smoothest middle velvet mouthfeel. Olive wood, rosewood, chicory, dried black currant, dried black olive, cedar grill plank, cinnamon, bitter cherry, lavender, graphite. Deep and tasty. .
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— 6 days ago

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Domaine du Tunnel (Stéphane Robert)

Condrieu 2019

Lyle Fass

This is a top 3 Condrieu. Wow. Stunning nose of lean tropical fruit and flowers. So many white flowers. And blue flowers if you’re Kool Keith. Just a sick dizzying perfume. 9.7 nose. Just wow wow wow. So scary elegant with just top notch finesse and wonderful mineral expression. Perfect tropical fruit. So juicy, so concentrated but so finesse driven. A wonderful hidden structure. So so long. Almost a 9.7! Maybe air will do the trick! — 14 days ago

Timmer, Eric and 10 others liked this
Severn Goodwin

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Very nice!
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@Severn Goodwin I adore this wine!

Jocelyne & Yves Lafoy

Alliance Syrah 2018

This is a fun and livly Syrah pulled after 2 very prestigious failures from the cellar. Thid is dark, yet fresh and lifted with blackberries, peppery herbs and smoke, quite mineral in style. It's cool-toned dark fruits and zesty acids make for a vibrant sip of juicy Northern Rhone terroir. It leaves violet inner florals, lavender and minerals to linger through the lightly structured finale. — 6 hours ago

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Domaine Faury

Emporium Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2015

We’re pausing on goodness and hope today. We hold so much gratitude in our hearts for our loved ones and their presence in our lives. We want to share a heartfelt thanks to you all who’ve supported and inspired us day in and day out. 🙏🙏💕💕

Today we had a vegan Thanksgiving bowl of roasted carrots, acorn squash, brussels sprouts, and broccoli, along with mashed yams, potatoes, toasted pecans, pomegranate, cranberry sauce (with orange zest), and thyme-spiced gravy. 🍁🍁🍁

With it we paired a couple of options each of which went well with the flavors, textures, and elements of the meal… here’s the Syrah…

Lionel Faury, Côte-Rôtie, 2018. ABV 13%. Comprised of 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier, from the Northern Rhône Valley, France. Matured 18 months in oak, 30% of which was new. The oak maturation comes across on the nose and palate with notable vanilla, cedar, butterscotch, and caramel notes. Also notes of blackberry, black cherry, plum, black licorice, violet, pepper, smoke / matchstick, and clay pot. 👌👌
— a day ago

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Domaine Auguste Clape

Renaissance Cornas Syrah 2013

Very nice Syrah. Decanted 4 hours and it improved but honestly was quite giving from the early minutes. Nice and deep dark fruit, a bit of rusticity, nice mouthfeel, bit of tannins still chunky, good acid on the finish. Perfect with a sausage and white bean stew. — 12 days ago

Andrew, Severn and 4 others liked this

Jean Francois Jacouton

Saint-Joseph Chemins de Sainte-Epine 2017

Lyle Fass

Wonderful showing. White pepper, granite, lavender, dark berries and earth. Loads of aroma presented gracefully. Some olive as well. Just lovely. Palate is ripe, generous and juicy but also super fresh, energetic and dynamic. Terrific acids in this. All the fruit is red and roaring. Lovely velvety tannins and a long finish suggests this can and will age for a while. Superb clarity here. Superb granite on the finish. Really long finish. — 5 days ago

Andrew, Josh and 7 others liked this