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Andre Brunel Grenache VDP 2012 Product #29394 (In Stock)
Andre Brunel Grenache VDP 2012 Andre Brunel Grenache VDP 2012

Here’s a big mouthful of easy-to-love Rhone red wine at a very attractive price. Brunel purchases Grenache (90%) and Carignan from vineyards to the North of Orange (mostly Cotes du Rhone, some outside the region).  The grapes are fully destemmed and raised in tank to let all of the juicy, ripe, fruit shine through.  Classic Rhone red aromas of ripe strawberries and dark raspberries jump from the glass and lead to soft, wide-open, flavors of red raspberry, cherry, and a touch of “garigue” – the resinous note similar to the wild rosemary and thyme that grow here.  Clean and juicy on the fruit-filled finish, this is easy to enjoy solo and will handle a wide range of foods at table.  Just delicious and pretty irresistible at the price!

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Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2014 Product #29683 (In Stock)
Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2014 Dom De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2014

A rich and bright Cotes du Rhone blanc from 60% Viognier, 10% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussanne, and 10% Bourboulenc done all in tank.  The aromas are nice and fresh with Viognier's white flower notes accented by fresh peach and apricot scents.  In the mouth, it's richly textured but stays fresh and not at all heavy as it delivers peach and green apricot fruit with just a touch of mineralty on the layered finish.  A lovely sipper and great with freshwater fish!

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Sol' Acantalys Vignerons Tavel Rose 2014 Product #29707 (In Stock)
Sol' Acantalys Vignerons Tavel Rose 2014 Sol' Acantalys Vignerons Tavel Rose 2014

The best vintage we've tried in years from this fine value leader. Rich and dry.

"Tavel is an appellation that specializes in rosé, typically deep red in color and more full-bodied and sappy than other rosés. The Sol’ Acantalys is redolent of strawberries, raspberries and Rainier cherries. This is the bolder side of rosé that should appeal to a wide range of American palates."  The Washington Post ***

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Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone 2010 Product #28737 (In Stock)
Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone 2010 Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone 2010

Another great release from one of the Rhone's most important estates.

"Guigal’s Cotes du Rhone. I re-tasted the 2010 Cotes du Rhone, which is still in foudre. This cuvee is typically a blend of 50% Syrah and the rest Grenache and perhaps some Mourvedre. Guigal is known throughout the Rhone Valley for paying the highest price for generic Cotes du Rhone, and that in large part explains the quality of this wine year in and year out. It enjoys an extended upbringing in foudre and stainless steel tanks and is always a dense ruby/purple-colored wine with lots of blue and black fruits intermixed with notions of kirsch, licorice, lavender and spice. Supple and surprisingly intense, this delicious effort can age for 4-5 years."Wine Advocate 89 points

"Offers a roasted feel, with dark bramble, plum and tobacco notes accented by hints of pastis and apple wood, leading to a ganache- and charcoal-infused finish. Distinctive in feel, revealing a prominent yet integrated woodsy element." Wine Spectator 89 points

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2013 Product #28936 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2013 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2013

Another lovely vintage for this classy Rhone white that puts many (much more expesive) Chateauneuf-du-Pape whites to shame.  As always, it’s about half Viognier for peachy fruit and fragrance plus Grenache blanc for body and Marsanne for complexity and minerality.

The excitement starts on the nose, where you’ll find generous aromas of creamy peach, fruit blossom, Clemintine and crushed chalk. Take a sip, and you'll experience an explosion of bright apricot, yellow peach, honeysuckle and mint flavors up front before chalk, wet stone, and peach skin notes emerge at the end. The juicy acids keep this rich, medium-bodied, white fresh and make it a great choice for drinking as an aperitif, with cheeses, or with grilled fish and fruit salsa.  It will age surprisingly well if you can keep your hands off it now!

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2014 Product #29763 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2014 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2014

We’ve said it before, and it still applies here:  If you don’t love this robust, poised, and oh-so-flavorful red, then perhaps Cotes du Rhone just isn’t for you.  This is the second straight vintage Philippe made this wine as a 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah, and it’s one of the sexiest releases of this robust Rhone we’ve tasted yet.

Big, Rhone-ish, aromas here with a big dose of black raspberry and black cherry, a touch of dried plum, a punch of dark chocolate, and a beguiling accent of candied violets.  The wine completely envelops your palate with ripe fruit that remains remarkably fresh – think crushed raspberry, mid-season cherry, and black plums just plucked from the tree.  And, like any really fine wine, it’s better still on the killer finish where tangy cherry, chocolate, red plum, and smoked stone flavors sail on over fine-grained tannins.  About as versatile and food friendly as Cotes du Rhone gets, you’ll love this with summer burgers and find yourself reaching for a bottle to drink with pizza, sausages, lamb, and more for at least the next 4-5 years.

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rose 2014 Product #29765 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rose 2014 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rose 2014

If you thought Philippe’s 2013 rosé was good, just wait until you try the 2014!  A touch darker in color and one notch more concentrated and intense than most pink wines from Provence, but just as full of fruit and refreshment.  Unusually for a rosé from this part of the Rhone valley, it’s 90% Mourvedre (made famous by Domaine Tempier and other Bandol estates) and just 10% Grenache. 

Lovely dark pink in color, the generous aromas feature bright cherry, passion fruit, and wild herb scents. The texture and shape of the wine in your mouth is fantastic, starting soft and silky, exploding into palate coating flavors, and then focusing down with laser-like precision and focus on the mouthwatering finish.  You’ll find plenty of wild strawberry, passion fruit, ripe citrus, fresh herb and just a touch of earthy Mourvedre flavors running through the wine with mouthwatering watermelon, berry, pink grapefruit and mineral notes on the long, juicy, finish.  A great solo sipper and even better with fresh salads, smoked salmon, or anything with plenty of savory herb and garlic.

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Dom Grand Veneur Cotes Du Rhone Les Champauvins 2012 Product #28957 (In Stock)
Dom Grand Veneur Cotes Du Rhone Les Champauvins 2012 Dom Grand Veneur Cotes Du Rhone Les Champauvins 2012

As Wine Advocate said when they reviewed this from barrel, it tastes "like a mini-Chateauneuf du Pape."

"A knock-out value is the estate 2012 Côtes du Rhône Les Champauvins, a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Always one of the vintage's finest Côtes du Rhônes, it comes from a large, morsellated estate property north of Châteauneuf du Pape. At this quality level, it is amazing that the Jaume family produces nearly 10,000 cases. The 2012, from a far superior vintage than 2013, boasts a dark ruby/plum color as well as a sweet perfume of kirsch, lavender, new saddle leather, pepper, blackcurrants and licorice. Medium-bodied with lovely density and richness, light tannin and a savory mouthfeel, this beauty can be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Dom De La Janasse Cotes Du Rhone Reserve 2011 Product #29216 (In Stock)
Dom De La Janasse Cotes Du Rhone Reserve 2011 Dom De La Janasse Cotes Du Rhone Reserve 2011

There’s a lot going on in this complex  Cotes du Rhone, with a texture and shapely feel that you  normally have to pay much more for.  From one of Chateauneuf’s – if not France’s – very best estates, this is ready to drink but will improve for 2-3 years more.

“55% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% carignan, 5% cinsault and 5% mourvedre. Deep ruby. Fresh dark berries and lavender on the spice-accented nose and in the mouth. Fleshy and open-knit, with slow-building sweetness and smooth tannins shaping the finish. Quite suave and ready to drink.”International Wine Cellar 89 points

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Dom Du Tix Rose Les Restanques 2014 Product #29798 (In Stock)
Dom Du Tix Rose Les Restanques 2014 Dom Du Tix Rose Les Restanques 2014

This beautiful rosé combines the rustic ripeness of rolling vineyards at the base of Mount Ventoux with the style and sophistication of owners Marie Pirsch and Philippe Danel, who turned to winemaking after successful careers in the French textile and fashion industry.  They’ve crafted a lovely blend of Cinsault, Grenche, and Syrah that were all grown specifically for rosé, allowed a brief fermentation on the skins for color, and then finished and aged in stainless steel tanks for freshness and purity.
 
The wine is a shimmering, gorgeous, pale salmon pink in the glass, where inviting aromas of bright strawberry, tart cherry, watermelon and a nice handful of crushed Provencal herb sing out.  The texture is just rosé perfect, light and fresh but with a sense of almost glycerol slickness.  The flavors are generous and ultra-pure, with tangy cherry, juicy raspberry, green peach, and a bit of orange zest framed by notes of herb and stone.  Perhaps the most dry-tasting rosé we've offered this year, the finish sizzles with watermelon rind, tangy pie cherry, and citrus zest flavors made brighter and more juicy by a big squirt of lemon/lime acidity.  So much style and verve here in a wine that will delight by itself and sing with ceviche or any fresh seafood or salad.

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Villages La Daurelle 2010 Product #29759 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Villages La Daurelle 2010 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Villages La Daurelle 2010

Always one of our favorite and very best value Rhone reds in the store, Philippe Plantevin’s La Daurelle reaches new heights in the great 2010 harvest – a vintage Wine Spectator rated 98 points, the highest ever  the Southern Rhone!  Philippe grows this blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Carignan and 10% Mourvedre on rocky, clay/limestone, scrubland near his winery in Cairanne and allows it a full 20 days fermentation/maceration time to extract color, structure, and flavor.  Then, one-third ages in used French oak barriques (and the rest in concrete) to mellow a bit and add layers of earthy, meaty, complexity.

La Daurelle serves up fantastic aromas and flavors of raspberry puree, fresh blackberry juice, licorice, garrigue (piney herb), sweet spice, dried violet, ink, roasted meats, and more.  That’s as pure usual, but in 2010 the texture is extraordinary, especially in a region better known for rustic reds.  This is all silk and velvet:  silky on entry and as it glides across your palate to the long, rich, finish where a pile of crushed velvet tannins provide support for food and further aging.  Yes, it’s pretty captivating right now at 5 years from the vintage, but this will continue to improve and delight for at least the next 10 years.  At about 35% less than most Gigondas and 40-60% under even “value” Chateauneuf, the price/quality ratio here is almost more stunning than the wine.

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Villages Cairanne 2009 Product #28308 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Villages Cairanne 2009 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Villages Cairanne 2009

Philippe Plantevin grows this wine in the stony, wind-swept, vineyards on the barren flats outside the village of Cairanne, due west of Rasteau and north of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  It’s a blend of concentrated, intense, Grenache (75%) and muscular, meaty, Syrah (25%) harvested together in late September.  After sorting, the grapes are 100% de-stemmed and then given a long, slow, fermentation in concrete vats and stainless steel tank.

Philippe considers the Cairanne to be his top wine, and it’s always the most muscular, powerful, wine in the cellar. In the warm 2009 vintage, it shows just a touch more sauve than usual and is delicious right now! The aromas show off black raspberries and cherries, fresh turned earth, warm stones and a touch of spice. It's a big, rich, wine in the mouth with oodles of black fruit and accents of garrigue, cracked pepper, and stone.  The finish is firm and mouthwatering, but the ripe fruit and black pepper notes keep pumping through on the generous, savory, finish. Pair it with grilled or roasted meats now and be sure to save some to enjoy in 2019!

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Dom De Fondreche Cotes Du Ventoux Rouge Nadal 2011 Product #29427 (In Stock)
Dom De Fondreche Cotes Du Ventoux Rouge Nadal 2011 Dom De Fondreche Cotes Du Ventoux Rouge Nadal 2011

Here’s what happens when talent, skill, and very hard work are applied to a region most thought was “below average” in potential at best.  Sebastian Vincente farms his vines organically (certified from 2013) to maximize the health of his soils, sustainability of his farm, and purity of his fruit. He ferments slow and long (up to 28 days) with gentle pump-overs to extract the best flavor and structure from the ripe grapes.  Syrah and Mourvedre soften in cask while Grenache ages on its fine lees in concrete eggs, allowing a natural, gentle, stirring of the lees for greater richness and depth.  Throughout, a maniacal commitment to cleanliness and care in the cellar allows for minimal sulfur additions and fantastically intense aromas and flavors of fruit and site to emerge.

"A blend of 45% Syrah, 45% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre, (Syrah and Mourvedre aged in barrel, the Grenache in concrete tank) exhibits gorgeously pure notes of creme de cassis, currants, licorice, sweet oak and chocolate that flow to a medium to full-bodied, rich and layered profile on the palate. Upfront, texture and full-flavored, with mouth filling amounts of fruit, it is a knockout effort that will deliver the goods for over a decade."Wine Advocate 93 points

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Martinelle Beaumes De Venise Rouge 2012 Product #29824 (In Stock)
Martinelle Beaumes De Venise Rouge 2012 Martinelle Beaumes De Venise Rouge 2012

Even better than the WA 90 point 2011, this is a wonderfully rich and deeply flavored blend of Grenache and Syrah that spent 28 months in concrete tank.  Aromas of garrigue, kirsch, blackberry, and black plum that lead to a richly textured palate with generous dark fruit, spice, and savory Provencal herb notes.  The fruit is ripe, but remarkably pure and fresh, making this delicious at table and a joy to just drink.  Excellent value.

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Dom Notre Dame Des Pallieres Gigondas Les Mourres 2011 Product #29514 (In Stock)
Dom Notre Dame Des Pallieres Gigondas Les Mourres 2011 Dom Notre Dame Des Pallieres Gigondas Les Mourres 2011

This is old-school Gigondas from 50 year-old (average) Grenache (80%), Mourvedre (15%) and Syrah (5%) grown on classic Gigondas soils – a mixed salad of marly-calcareous soils, sandy clay sub-soils, and scattered scree washed down from the limestone outcroppings further up the hill.  The Grenache and Syrah were fermented and aged in vat and the Mourvedre in old oak casks.

The result – a very fine, classically, styled Gigondas that you can drink right now or cellar for 4-6 years if you like.  Big, bold, aromas of roasted strawberry, macerated raspberry, and dark black cherry fruit with a touch of garrigue – black olive tapenade, sappy herb, and lavender – that gets bolder and richer with air.  It’s a big, mouthfilling wine – we are in the Rhone, after all – that pumps out rich flavors of dark red berry and cherry and plenty of garrigue.  A stony, almost salty, mineral streak that just screams “Gigondas” runs right down the middle of the palate and sails on through the long, finely tannic, finish.  The combination of richness and freshness are just lovely, and I suspect (like me) you’ll find the bottle empty all too soon.

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Dom Alain Jaume Gigondas Terrasses De Montmirail 2012 Product #28119 (In Stock)
Dom Alain Jaume Gigondas Terrasses De Montmirail 2012 Dom Alain Jaume Gigondas Terrasses De Montmirail 2012

As Wine Advocate says, "These are some of the most exciting wines coming out of the region and they should not be missed!" A traditionally styled Giogondas of heft and power with amazing aromatics of dark fruit and loads of garrigue.  Ripe, but not over the top, and very well balanced with oodles of yummy sweet fruit and long, long, long.

"Mostly Grenache, with 20% Syrah, that’s aged 14 months in 20% barrels. Showing classic Gigondas spice, dried garrigue, saddle leather and blackberry and raspberry fruit, this medium to full-bodied Gigondas is loaded with Provencal character. Drink it over the coming 6-7 years. Drink now-2021."Wine Advocate 90-92 points

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