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Dom d'Ourea Tire Bouchon Vin De France 2015 Product #31175 (In Stock)
Dom d'Ourea Tire Bouchon Vin De France 2015 Dom d'Ourea Tire Bouchon Vin De France 2015

"Tire Bouchon" is the French phrase for a corkscrew, but the literal translation is better:  Cork Puller.  And you're going to pull a lot of these corks this fall and winter! This is a throw-back (in terms of both time and how you'll drink it!) red made from Grenache, Syrah, and 10% old-timey Aramon and Oeillade Noire.  While it's all grown in Adrien Roustan's Vacqueyras vineyards, the old grapes aren't allowed, so it's bottled as Vin de France.  The winemaking is pretty old school, too.  All the grapes are tossed into the vat together, covered with some dry ice, and allowed to start fermentation as they will.  10 days in the fermenter, a few months resting in tank, and then ready for you to slurp!

It's friendly from the first sniff, with open, generous, aromas of crushed black raspberries, sweet cherry, violets, and a hint of ripe black olive.  Take a sip and let the party begin!  This wine just oozes sweet, fresh, very ripe red and black cherry/berry fruit with a touch of cracked pepper, lavender and rich loamy earth for complexity.  Juicy and mouthwatering, but not at all tart, with a bit of Black Forest cake (chocolate and sweet cherry) coming up on the supple, lingering, finish.  Sure, it's going to go swell with all kinds of casual foods - burgers, hot dogs, pizza, stews - but it will shine most brightly when shared with (soon to be very happy) friends!

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Dom De Chantepierre Cotes Du Rhone 2015 Product #31701 (In Stock)
Dom De Chantepierre Cotes Du Rhone 2015 Dom De Chantepierre Cotes Du Rhone 2015

From the fine co-op in Tavel, this GSM blend shows off Tavel's best grape - Mourvedre - with style.  The aromas are rich, earthy, and loaded with garrigue and dark black fruit.  The dark blackberry and black raspberry fruit forms the core of the palate, with more of Mourvedre's classic earth and garrigue tones adding interest and a nice dose of firm tannin at the end.  Old-school fun.

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Ferraton Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Samorens 2015 Product #31119 (In Stock)
Ferraton Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Samorens 2015 Ferraton Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Samorens 2015

Here's a delicious white Rhone from a biodynamic working in a great, great, vintage. A blend of Grenach Blanc and Clairette, made all in stainless steel tank.  Big aromas and flavors of peach, white flowers, and lime with a dusting of white pepper and crushed bitter mineral providing support on the mouthwatering finish. Concentrated, but not heavy, it's lovely to sip and will sing with fish or salads.

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Xavier Cotes du Rhone 2012 Product #30949 (In Stock)
Xavier Cotes du Rhone 2012 Xavier Cotes du Rhone 2012

IT'S BACK!!!  Xavier Vignon consults with vine growers and winemakers at some of the Rhone’s most famous estates, and he takes just a bit of his fee in the form of grapes to make outstanding wines like this one.  Grenache from 80+ year-old vines, nicely rich Syrah, and a remarkable 25% Mourvedre – very generous for a wine at this price level – are all harvested ripe, fermented cool, and aged in concrete tank to retain 100% authentic Rhone character.

"The 2012 Côtes du Rhône is another beauty by this team. Licorice, roasted herbs, pepper and plenty of sweet fruit come together in this medium to full-bodied, layered, and textured effort. Made from 60% Grenache, and Mourvedre and Syrah that saw mostly concrete tank, it’s a smoking Côtes du Rhône (and a fabulous value) to drink over the coming 3-4 years."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Guigal Cotes-du-rhone 2012 Product #30745 (In Stock)
Guigal Cotes-du-rhone 2012 Guigal Cotes-du-rhone 2012

As always, a tremendous Rhone value.

"Spice- and smoke-accented cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied violet and cracked pepper. Spicy, energetic and sharply focused on the palate, offering concentrated bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that open up slowly with air. Distinctly northern Rhône in personality and texture, featuring a peppery, floral-dominated finish, smooth tannins and excellent closing thrust and persistence. The quality of this bottling consistently outpaces its price and appellation, and that's especially true in this vintage."  Vinous (Reynolds) 91 points

"A wine that should be on the market by the time you read this, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone from Guigal is a smokin’ value that offers classic southern Rhone notes of peppery herbs, smoked earth and almost chocolatey dark fruits. Medium plus-bodied, concentrated, with both fine tannin and bright acidity, it will deliver the good for at least 5-7 years."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Dom Gres St Vincent Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2015 Product #31080 (In Stock)
Dom Gres St Vincent Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2015 Dom Gres St Vincent Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2015

From a unique, organic co-op in the Rhone valley, this delicious, Grenache-based blend delivers satisfying weight and earthiness but stays light on its feet. Unlike many co-ops that blend growers' fruit into one wine, here each makes their own. Though the blend is dominated by Grenache, the Syrah takes center stage on the nose, with classic notes of liquorice, black fruits, and a wonderful whiff of violets.

In the mouth luscious ripe black raspberry and blackberry dance with notes of coffee, olive, and garrigue.  The wine is ripe and full of fruit, but also vibrant and fresh from beginning to end.  Zingy, almost bubbling, fruit acids and fine tannins make this refreshing and a great wine for table.  Ripe, vivid, pure.

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Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2014 Product #31234 (In Stock)
Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2014 Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2014

As Wine Advocate said in their 90+ point review of the 2013 Tix Bramefan, "Readers need to put Domaine du Tix at the top of their list of new estates from Ventoux to watch out for."  The 2014 is a luxurious blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Grenache all aged in barrel and tank for smoky, plush, richness.  It's loaded with blackberry, spiced meat, fresh herb, and cracked black pepper aromas and flavors and finishes firm and fresh.  This is delicious right now especially with lamb or pepper-crusted beef but hold some back a few years and let it really unwind.  Delicious stuff.

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Dom Jean Royer Le Petit Roy 15eme Product #31415 (In Stock)
Dom Jean Royer Le Petit Roy 15eme Dom Jean Royer Le Petit Roy 15eme

Jean-Marie Royer’s everyday wine is a blend of fruit from vineyards just outside of Chateauneuf and a site inside the Chateauneuf boundary that has a bit too much clay to qualify for the Chateauneuf AOC.  He should really be allowed to call this a Cotes du Rhone, but the rules say he must label it as "Vin de Table" and not make any note on where it's from or vintage (although, as you can see, he cheats a bit there).

In France’s great, great, 2015 vintage, La Petit Roy isn’t very “Petit.”  In fact, it’s a pretty big and burly thing with deep base notes of black raspberry and roasted strawberry plus lively accents of crushed herb, lavender, black pepper and spice.  The grapes are mainly Grenache with seasoning splashes of Syrah (for depth) and Alicante (for herbal complexity and color).  Very Provençal and pretty enough to serve at a party but with more than enough heft to pair with leftover leg of lamb.  Fantastic value for a “baby CdP.”

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Dom Du Tave Vinsobres Cuvee Paradis 2014 Product #31609 (In Stock)
Dom Du Tave Vinsobres Cuvee Paradis 2014 Dom Du Tave Vinsobres Cuvee Paradis 2014

Young Audrey Latard began making wine in 2008 after purchasing 3HA of vines to add to her family’s 1.5HA in and around the Rhone AOC village of Vinsobres.  Having tasted back-to-back vintages of her Cotes du Rhone and Vinsobres, I’m not quite sure why she isn’t on every list of Rhone Valley “up and comers.” Probably because she only makes 2,000 cases per year and has no time to go out and chase appointments with critics and the press.

Good news for us, though, as it means we’re able to get a small slice of her production and enjoy it at very fine prices.  This Vinsobres is a blend of 70% Grenache made in tank and 30% Syrah that we’re pretty sure aged in used oak (Audrey was a little vague).  What we know is that it’s a once very bold and very smooth!  Big aromas and flavors of crushed blackberry, black raspberry, roasted strawberry and dark plum gain complexity from notes of black olive, fresh thyme, and a hint of something floral (berry blossom?  Lavender?).  It glides across your palate like the finest silk, with enough body to know it’s there and leave your mouth full of flavor but no hard edges or grippy tannins.  Delicious now, perhaps more CdP-like in 2019, certainly fun through 2023.

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Dom La Manarine Cotes Du Rhone 2014 Product #30805 (In Stock)
Dom La Manarine Cotes Du Rhone 2014 Dom La Manarine Cotes Du Rhone 2014

A 100% Grenache from this family-owned, organic estate with holdings in an area of unique terroir in the Southern Rhone known as "Le Plan de Dieu," whose soil is full of 'galets,' the smooth, round stones characteristic of the region. While the aromas have that classic herbal garrigue note, on the palate the fruit is bold, satisfying, and ripe flavors of blackberries and lusciously ripe raspberries.

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2015 Product #31637 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2015 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2015

An especially exuberant vintage for Philippe's Viognier-based Cotes du Rhone blanc.  Generous aromas of tropical fruit, golden peach, fruit blossom, Clementine and crushed chalk.  The tropical theme continues on the palate with pineapple, grilled pineapple, and super-ripe peach flavors with accents of honey and wet stone.  Richly textured through the broad, soft, finish.

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Dom De Beaurenard Cotes Du Rhone 2015 Product #31663 (In Stock)
Dom De Beaurenard Cotes Du Rhone 2015 Dom De Beaurenard Cotes Du Rhone 2015

This 7th generation Chateauneuf-du-Pape estate makes a darn nice Cotes du Rhone from organic/biodynamic Genache and Syrah grown in Rasteau. The 30% Syrah shows nicely here, giving an earthy, cracked black pepper, complexity to Grenache's red cherry and raspberry fruit.  With air, a great meaty element emerges, making this a fantastic partner for lamb and pork, but there's nothing to get in the way of a hearty quaff, either.  Impressive fun.

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Ch Le Devoy Martine Lirac Blanc 2015 Product #31703 (In Stock)
Ch Le Devoy Martine Lirac Blanc 2015 Ch Le Devoy Martine Lirac Blanc 2015

A nicely rich but balanced, blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne and Beaublanc.

"Ripe and expansive on the nose, displaying fresh melon, nectarine and yellow plum flavors and a hint of orange pith. Fleshy, broad and juicy in the mouth, offering pliant, nicely concentrated pit fruit and candied citrus flavors and a touch of honey on the back half. Finishes supple and spicy, with building mineral and ginger notes and good persistence."  Vinous (Raynolds) 89 points

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Dom Du Pegau Plan Pégau Rouge Lot 11-12-13 Product #31345 (In Stock)
Dom Du Pegau Plan Pégau Rouge Lot 11-12-13 Dom Du Pegau Plan Pégau Rouge Lot 11-12-13

A crazy, very old-school, field-blend red from old vines growing outside of Chateauneuf du Pape.  20-30% each of Grenache, Syrah, and Merlot with the balance an unknown combination of Carignan, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Danlas, Alicante and Cabernet Sauvignon.  This year's release blends lots from vintages 2011, 2012 and 2013 (see the neck label) to deliver a rich, earthy, almost funky, wine with tons of chewy black pepper and a dark-fruited core.

"Aromas of musky red fruit, candied flowers, cured meat and garrigue take on a smoky mineral element in the glass. Sweet and penetrating, offering juicy raspberry and cherry flavors and a zesty jolt of white pepper. Shows very good intensity and fruity punch on the finish, which is shaped by silky, even tannins."  Vinous 90 points

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Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2012 Product #30123 (In Stock)
Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2012 Dom Du Tix Ventoux Cuvee De Bramefan 2012

The past two vintages of this oak-aged powerhouse Syrah (92%) and Grenache (8%) blend earned 90 points from Robert Parker and The Wine Advocate.  The 2012 is better still.  It opens with simply gorgeous aromas of crème de cassis, kirsch, smoke, and roasted meat - complex and seductive.  On the palate, Parker's description of the 2010 is spot on:  "It possesses unbelievable richness for a wine from this appellation, as well as loads of blackberries, black currants, acacia flowers, licorice and graphite."  One of the sexiest wines I've ever tried from Ventoux, but one that has sneaky structure and glorious freshness as well.  Ready and delicious right now and built to improve over the next 5-6 years.  A "wow" wine and stellar value.

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Martinelle Beaumes de Venise Rouge 2013 Product #31660 (In Stock)

Red Beaumes de Venise - as opposed to the sweet white Muscats that made the village famous - are a hidden Rhone Valley treat.  The unusually iron-rich soils give these blends of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre an almost chocolaty richness and density.  Corinna Faravel's example is textbook, made from certified organic grapes, fermented in concrete, and aged in tank and old large barrels.  Black and red raspberry fruit, chocolate/spice, a touch of garrigue and a nicely mineral finish make this delicious and satisfying.

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Xavier Vacqueyras 2012 Product #31585 (In Stock)
Xavier Vacqueyras 2012 Xavier Vacqueyras 2012

Rich and delicious!

"Possessing slightly more texture and depth than the Gigondas, the 2012 Vacqueyras is another wine from this team that shows it terroir beautifully. Ripe, upfront, medium to full-bodied and voluptuous, it gives up beautiful dark berry fruit, violets, licorice and herbs on the nose. It too should drink beautifully over the coming 7-8 years."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Dom De Beaurenard Rasteau 2014 Product #31662 (In Stock)
Dom De Beaurenard Rasteau 2014 Dom De Beaurenard Rasteau 2014

If you want serious, demanding of attention, worthy of discussion and debate Rasteau...then look elsewhere.  Because my raw tasting notes on this boil down to "classy yummy fun."  Lots of dark roasted red and black berry fruit with rich accents of chocolate and spice and dusty, not intrusive or hard, tannins here.  Rasteau was just  promoted from CdR Villages to AOC in 2010, so the wines are getting more "serious."  Thank goodness they didn't get the message here!

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Dom Gramenon Cotes Du Rhone l'Elementaire 2015 Product #31632 (In Stock)
Dom Gramenon Cotes Du Rhone l'Elementaire 2015 Dom Gramenon Cotes Du Rhone l'Elementaire 2015

A star of the Kermit Lynch portfolio and one of those wines drinkers - as opposed to critics - love, Domaine Gramenon is a gem of a Cotes du Rhone estate located just outside Vinsobres.  Michèle Aubèry-Laurent and her husband founded the estate in 1990 and she has continued in charge since his untimely death in 1999.  Farming is organic, winemaking natural, and sulfur use as low as possible.  This cuvee is almost all Grenache from 45 year-old vines that may or may not include some Cinsault or Syrah.  Aged in used barrique and concrete, it resembles a top Chateauneuf du Pape with bold Grenache red fruit, black olive and piney herb accents, and a deep, long, chewy, finish.  Drink now - 2028 with lamb and other rich foods.

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