OUR FAVORITE APPELLATION
Cotes du Rhone, our favorite appellation.
2016 JEAN-LUC COLOMBO “Les Abilles” $15
2017 LES GARRIGUES $12
Named after the beautifully aromatic underbrush and scrub found all over Provence, Les Garrigues is an easygoing yet surprisingly full-blooded Cotes-du-Rhone. It is produced by a single, small domaine in the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation, A blend of predominantly Grenache, with a balance of Syrah, Les Garrigues is always balanced, delicious, and correct—never over-ripe, over-done, or overly alcoholic (a trait that sometimes mars wines of this scorching-hot southern climate)… We like to think of it as the perfect all-purpose value Rhone red, and its success over the years seems to confirm our opinion.
2015 DOMAINE DE LA BUISSONNE $11
The wines from Côtes du Rhône are the perfect Bistro wines. Perfect with salads, crudités, grilled meats, all sorts of cheeses, shepherds pie, moussaka, goulash, sausages, ratatouille, and vegetarian casseroles.
2016 KERMIT LYNCH $15 (organic)
Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Mourvèdre.
2016 DOMAINE LA MANARINE $15
The standard bearer of the domaine is the Côtes du Rhône Rouge produced from the younger (but not young) vines (average 35 years old) of the estate. This wine is 100% Grenache and produces a classically spicy, full-bodied wine that speaks clearly of the “garrigue” of the region. The grapes are destemmed before the fermentation and the cuvaison is on the order of three weeks duration. The wine is bottled without filtration after twenty to twenty-four months of “elevage”.
2016 DOMAINE LA TERRE LUNE $12 O/S
Dark Purple color. Medium Intensity, developing, black fruits, red fruits, spicy. Medium Bodied, dry, medium-high acidity, light tannin, moderate intensity, medium finish, raspberry, black pepper, mineral. Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault