Vacqueyras, Southern Rhône

Mas des Restanques

Vacqueyras Grenache Syrah 2017

Reading Cork Dork. So far, it’s captivating.

Rich, dense, perfume of leather, pumpkins, and cinnamon.

Sweet licorice and blackberry compote right at the forefront. Followed by a juicy berry mid palate and a kick of garam masala and red pepper flake spice right as you’re setting the glass down.

A medium to high acidity, a bit much for this composite of flavor profile, but it still works — probably needs a bit of age. Pretty solid overall.
— 7 days ago

Mike, Dawn and 1 other liked this

Domaine Gourt de Mautens (Jérôme Bressy)

Rasteau Red Rhone Blend 2007

The bouquet on the '07 Gourt de Mautens is intense, both sweet and savory, lifting from the glass with a dark wave of purple-tinged florals, black currant, fig paste, exotic spice, black olive, and crushed stone minerality. On the palate, the expression changes from earthy and savory to velvety and extroverted, yet with undeniably elegance, boosting incredible depth and richness to it's black fruit with a tug of brisk acid and hints of residual tannin creating a tactile feel.  The finish is long, and I mean long, with sweet tannin lingering beneath notes of blackberry, dried plum, and spice, yet somehow still mouthwatering and fresh.  What a wine!!! — 13 days ago

Daniel P., Bob and 6 others liked this

Domaine Charvin

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2017

Elegant, focused, finely tuned CNDP with layered aromatics and textural complexity. Raspberry coulis, crushed blackberries, juniper, exotic spices, some menthol from its whole cluster fermentation, iron, violet. Day two has led to more personality in the fruit with garrigue and pastille accents coming through, perhaps some hung meat emerging. The streak of iron throughout is captivating at the moment. This will be even more beautiful as it continues to develop in bottle. — 5 days ago

Keith, Josh and 6 others liked this

Montirius

Garrigues Vacqueyras Red Rhône Blend 2015

This was a request as an alternative to another Rhone area wine and is quite good. It needs a little airing, but blossomed into a very rich complex wine. A bit Tanic at first but really aired out beautifully — 13 days ago

Domaine Fontaine du Clos

Reflets de l'Âme Vacqueyras Red Rhone Blend 2016

John Howard
9.0

A bit ripe but tasty, especially with strip steaks and fresh morels. — 21 days ago

William, Mike and 3 others liked this

Domaine Catherine Le Goeuil

Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages Red Rhone Blend 2014

Galant middagsröding. Nästan godare å moffigare dagen därpå. Småpartierna. Pompette. — 4 days ago

Tim, matt and 1 other liked this

Ogier Caves des Papes

Artesis Côtes du Rhône White Rhone Blend 2018

Grenache Blanc 35%, Clairette 20%, Roussanne 20%, Viognier 15%, Bourboulenc 10%

Lemon, pear, floral, hint of wax, stone, stainless.
— 3 days ago

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Domaine Catherine Le Goeuil

Côte du Rhône Cairanne 2015

Cellared for 1.5 yrs. What a great value wine. Had it with an olive caper shallot chicken dish with anchovy radishes. Tomato leaf, green stemmed vegetal nose with a hint of mesquite or bbq sauce. Palette of cranberries, cherry and kids aquafresh. I think some of that minty bbq stuff comes from a bit of age. — 6 days ago

Katie, Nick and 1 other liked this

Domaine de la Mordorée

La Dame Rousse Tavel Rosé Blend 2018

Another blockbuster Tavel from Morderée. The 2018 is as delicious as it gets and this is tasting better in 2020 than it did on arrival last year. I’d always attributed the unique zesty and pungent flavors in this wine with the tiny amounts of uniquely Tavel blending grapes... perhaps that remains true, but this wine is mostly Grenache 60%, with Cinsault/Syrah/Mourvèdre at 10% each, and Clairette/Bourboulenc at 5% each. Whatever the blend, they’ve nailed this one. Sadly, it’s quite pricey at over $30. Now if I could locate some LaFond in my area, we could crown a Tavel champion, but this one will be hard to beat. — 10 days ago

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