Rhône, France

Rhonéa

Grand Vin Création Vacqueyras Grenache Syrah 2015

Tryna get through all of Murakami, one of my favorite authors and influences on my own writing.

Musky as the Natural History Museum dinosaur exhibit. If you can’t tell, I miss the normal humdrum of the city.

Tobacco, smoked plums, licorice, cinnamon, cardamom in the bouquet.

This is a treat. Well balanced. Exceptional structure. Usually I arrive at balance after gathering my thoughts. In this case, it’s at the forefront.

Cherry cola, juicy plums, cloves and a medium acidity. A smoked barbecue rub quality and a slight astringent quality all come together for a well rounded and welcome drinking experience.
— 3 days ago

Eric, Eric and 3 others liked this

Yves Cuilleron

Vertige Condrieu Viognier 2014

For condrieu and my palate, I wouldn't let this get any older. On the nose, tangerine, honeysuckle, vanilla, almond so ripe and lovely. On the palate, good acidity, serious oak, tangerine, honeysuckle, and lemon. Good density, but vibrant and juicy on the finish. — 8 days ago

Severn, Billy and 2 others liked this

Château de Saint-Cosme

Côtes du Rhône Red Rhône Blend 2018

Really good CDR. Dark cherry, plum, spice, white pepper. JUst a little heat on the finish. Enjoyable. Second night notes. — 6 days ago

Severn, Tom and 1 other liked this

Marc Sorrel

Le Gréal Hermitage Syrah 2012

Memories of having this at Mangevins in Tain L’Hermitage back in 2018. Bold then, this has shed a couple pounds, still an infant in many ways, the progression of tannin and integration of its plush fruits show the progression. Amazingly graceful and vivid, its power is caressing suggesting a Burgundian touch. Ripe and liquor of black raspberry and some currant, Chambord-esque, peach pit, talcum, distilled violet, an array of smokey tones; smoke beef brisket, smoldering charcoal, toasted pink and black peppercorns, star anise, hot pebbles, iron, truffle. Smart use of whole cluster here, it’s lift and complexity bring volumes to the wine. Superb! — 5 days ago

Keith, leon and 3 others liked this

Christophe Billon

Les Matisses Condrieu Viognier 2015

Wow. Nose is like sticking your schnozz in a bee hive. Honeyed floral.

Palate is Super honeyed. Rich. A hint of sherry so drink now if you have it.

Bought from fass selections.
— 5 days ago

Andrew, Severn and 6 others liked this

Guillaume Gilles

Cornas Syrah 2013

If you are even somewhat interested in the Rhône, I beg you to read about Guillaume Gilles. He’s the next big thing behind Allemand. Powerful wines. Bravo! — 5 days ago

Peter, Eric and 19 others liked this

Château de Trinquevedel

Tavel Rosé Grenache 2011

2011 Vintage. 13.5% Alcohol. Found in the back of the cellar but still very enjoyable. Big fruit has softened a bit over time. Joy of double deep racking... — 3 days ago

Neil, David and 6 others liked this

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Syrah 1983

Tawny with reddish amber rims. Dark yet translucent. Great old Chave nose. Black cherry, wet forest floor, smoked meats, menthol, slate stone and rhubarb notes. Vibrant in the mouth right out of the gate. Lots of structure and pucker. Fruit present but starting to fade. This was at peak first two hours and then started slowing down, opposite of the Trimbach CSH next to it. Still this was really good ~37 yr old grape juice. — 11 days ago

Ira, Byron and 30 others liked this
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Terres d'Avignon

Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend 2018

File under uncomplicated but delicious. Easy raspberry & light herbal notes. Just enough tannin to add some texture. As a weeknight wine, this is a total winner. — a day ago

David, Paul and 31 others liked this

Domaine Faury

Condrieu Viognier 2017

Pale lemon color with aromas of stone and tropical fruits. The palate shows peach, lemon with crisp apple and mineral notes. This medium-body wine has good balance with integrated acidity and finishes smooth, a touch nutty on the end. Very Nice! Tasting Sample! — 8 days ago

Daniel P., Paul and 1 other liked this