full- bodied Southern rhone reds
-absolutely fantastic for the rich, flavorful holiday/winter meals-
2015 Paul Autard Chateauneuf du Pape $50
70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 8% Mourvèdre and 7% Cinsault, from 9 hectares of vines in 12 parcels in the north-east sector of the appellation, Courthézon. The parcels are : Le Mourre de Gaud, Palinteau, L'Etang, Le Cristia, Valori. The vines average 50 to 95 year old. Big and rich with meaty, smoky flavors that linger well into the lush finish.
2015 Domaine Serguier Chateaunef du Pape $40
The palate holds cool, dark fruit with accompanying spices, ending with a small flash of gras Deep and rich with boldness you’d expect from this outstanding estate.
2016 Clos du Mont-Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape $40
This historic estate makes outstanding Chateauneuf du Pape and Cotes du Rhone from several parcels throughout the southern Rhone. All hand picked from low yielding vines, the estate uses a gentle touch for extraction producing wines that can be consumed young or aged for several years. The wines are neither fined nor filtered. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Counoise, Vaccarèse, Muscardin, Terret Noir, and Picpoul Noir
2015 Domaine du Gour de Chaule Gigondas $37
There are several important vineyard sites that form the base of the Gigondas that comes to the USA, including Gour de Chaulé, Les Blaches, and Les Bousquets. The average age of the Grenache vines planted within these plots is 55 years (as of 2011). The resulting wine is sturdy, braced with sweet, dusty tannins, and is intensely aromatic with notes of crushed white pepper, oriental spices and game.
2015 Chateau de Rocques Vacqueyras $27
The vineyards of Chateau de Roques are situated just a short distance from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the soils here share much the same composition of its more prestigious neighbor. The vines are over 40 years old and the harvest is hand-picked. The Chateau des Roques vacqueyras wine is brilliant, deep ruby in color, with a rich nose of crushed raspberry and strawberry with intermingling of herbs and licorice Juicy and lush on the palate, packed with red fruit, and white pepper with supple tannins.
2017 Domaine Eyverine Cairanne Cru du Rhone $19
This brand new cru will absolutely light up the dark hours of the Winter Solstice. Cairanne used to be classified as “Côtes du Rhone Villaged Cairanne,” but after proving its excellent consistency over a prolonged period was elevated to cru status in 2016. This is the second year’s release. So get it while it’s hot! Warm, spicy, licorice-y fruity and organically pure delicious is really more like it. A combination of Syrah, Mourvedre, and Grenache- it is an absolutely lip smacking spirit brightener. The alcohol content is listed as 14.5%, but this is anything but a heavy logue-y knock out, just absolute bright juicy flavor. The vintners suggest pairing with lamb and beef, but that’s selling it short. This wine is so much more versatile— we loved it with spicy Indian style stews— eggplant, chickpea, potato or any combination there of. Would also be super with turkey, roast chicken and all kinds of cheese. It’s delightful. Let us know what you think!
2016 DOMAINE GRAND VENEUR LIRAC “CLOS DE SIXTE” $30
An intense red garnet color. On the nose, aromas of red and black ripe fruit (kirsch and wild blackberry). The mouth is full, with aromas of blackcurrant liqueur and spice. Tannins are both harmonious and elegant thanks to the fleshiness of the wine. Hints of licorice and vanilla on the finish, which gives the wine length and complexity.