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Le Paradou Grenache 2011 Product #28179 (In Stock)
Le Paradou Grenache 2011 Le Paradou Grenache 2011

A project of importer Eric Solomon and Ventoux's Frederic Chaudiere, this comes from 40-60 year-old Grenache growing in high-altitude vineyards named for a 400 year-old farmhouse.  Bursting with ripe, juicy, strawberry and cherry fruit with rich accents of damp earth and cracked black pepper.  It's full in texture and flavor, but with plenty of body but also a nice sappy freshness.  A bold bistro red to enjoy with or without food.

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2011 Product #27134 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2011 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2011

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. In the few months since this lovely white Rhone sold out, it's gotten even prettier on the nose, with 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 2010 Product #27135 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2010 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2010

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.  Philippe makes a few different tanks of this blend of Grenache, Carignon, Syrah, Counoise and Cinsault, and then importer Olivier Daubresse chooses the very best for us. 

This year’s release shows off all the character and quality of the outstanding 2010 Rhone vintage. Intense aromas of inky crushed black raspberry, blackberry, cassis, and black licorice get extra complexity from notes of earthy lavender, violet and chocolate.  The palate is medium-bodied, focused, and fully flavored with layers of squid ink, tangy raspberry, black cherry, and tary, licorice-like, accents. The flavors expand with more blue/black fruit, fresh herb, and cracked black pepper in the back, lingering over fine mineral and sweet tannin on the finish.  This will age beautifully for 5+ years, but I don’t know you’d resist drinking it tonight.

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rose 2013 Product #28305 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rose 2013 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Rose 2013

If you thought Philippe’s 2012 rosé was good, just wait until you try the 2013!  A touch darker in color and one notch more concentrated and intense, but just as full of fruit and refreshment as last year.  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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Andre Brunel Cotes Du Rhone 2011 Product #27741 (In Stock)
Andre Brunel Cotes Du Rhone 2011 Andre Brunel Cotes Du Rhone 2011

Andre Brunel of Chateauneuf du Pape's Les Cailloux serves up a tasty, easygoing, Cotes du Rhone here for solo sipping and with enough grip to enjoy with casual foods.  A blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% old-vinie Cinsault done all in tank.

"A forward, friendly style, with melted red licorice, plum sauce and cinnamon notes, offering a polished feel on the finish."Wine Spectator 87 points

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne 2006 Product #26857 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne 2006 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne 2006

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 usually the most muscular, powerful, wine in the cellar.  Here, the combination of a softer vintage (2006) and a half-dozen years of aging in perfect conditions delivers a big wine, but one that’s wonderfully supple and ready to enjoy.  Opens with generous aromas of dark black raspberries and cherries, fresh turned earth, warm stones and a touch of spice.  In the mouth, it bursts with black and red berry fruit, cracked black pepper, licorice root, mineral, and savory spice flavors.  Ripe and extracted enough to fill up your mouth, the bright acidity and still firm, but perfectly balanced, tannins provide structure and freshness.  Fruit, mineral, and black pepper flavors linger nicely, and make this a fantastic match with grilled lamb, roast pork, or any robust dish.  In the drinking window now and ready to enjoy over the next half-decade or more.

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Dom Saint Etienne Cotes Du Rhone Les Albizzias 2003 Product #27985 (In Stock)
Dom Saint Etienne Cotes Du Rhone Les Albizzias 2003 Dom Saint Etienne Cotes Du Rhone Les Albizzias 2003

From the extreme southern end of the Rhone Valley, just on the border of the Gard in Languedoc, this is a powerful blend of Grenache (about 60%) plus Syrah and Carignan.  You'd expect 10 year-old Cotes du Rhone to be fading, but this one is just hitting its stride.  Plenty of super-ripe raspberry and cherry fruit and muscular tannins (as you'd expect from the hot 2003 harvest) but also exotic notes of sandlewood, olive, black pepper, and spice. Still fine acidity here and that plus the very firm, but mouthwateringly ripe, tannins make this a Gigondas for Chateauneuf substitute at table with rich stews, roasts, or cheeses. 

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Dom Roger Perrin Cotes Du Rhone 2012 Product #28074 (In Stock)

The best vintage yet for a staff favorite Cotes du Rhone.  It's a beauty - ripe, but crisp and refreshing as well.  A blend of 60% Grenache with additions of Syrah and Cinsault, this fruit-filled Rhone delivers a big mouthful of meaty red fruit in the middle and then a whip of wet slate minerality and fresh herb on the finish. Fine tannins and mouthwatering acids make it geat with any lean meat.

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Dom Du Gour De Chaule Cotes Du Rhone 2011 Product #27604 (In Stock)
Dom Du Gour De Chaule Cotes Du Rhone 2011 Dom Du Gour De Chaule Cotes Du Rhone 2011

From one of the great estates of Gigondas, now run by the Aline Bonfils and turning out wines of lovely grace to go with natural Rhone power.  Their Cotes du Rhone is a stunner, just about the best in this earthy, garrigue-laced style I've tried in years.  Earthy black raspberry and warm, stony, minerality form the core of this silky textured wine with a firm, grippy, back.  The finish adds a note of sun-warmed lavender to go with the dark fruit and fresh herb and goes on and on and on.

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Dom De La Janasse Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2012 Product #27548 (In Stock)
Dom De La Janasse Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2012 Dom De La Janasse Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2012

As Robert Parker says, "Domaine de la Janasse is one of the great winemaking estates of not only France, but of the world."  Their white Cotes du Rhone is better than ever in the profound 2012 harvest. A blend of Grenache (55%) plus Cairette, Borboulenc, Viognier and Rousanne, it shines with fine richness, peach/appricot fruit, a bit of fresh flower, and a dry, chalky, finish.  Great marriage of richness and brisk, bright, acidity. Every bit the equal of most Chateauneuf du Pape whites that cost 3x the price.

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Dom De Fenouillet Beaumes De Venise Terres Blanches 2011 Product #27555 (In Stock)
Dom De Fenouillet Beaumes De Venise Terres Blanches 2011 Dom De Fenouillet Beaumes De Venise Terres Blanches 2011

Sweet Muscat wines made Beaumes de Venise famous, but this fine growing area in the hills just south of Gigondas turns out fine red wines as well.  Domaine de Fenouillet’s Terres Blanches cuvee shows the best of the region’s potential.  This biodynamic grower makes a natural, unfiltered wine, just packed with flavor!  It’s an absolutely delicious blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre with no oak influence at all.  Aromas and flavors feature soft, ripe, black plum and cherry fruit accented by notes of toasted almond, blackcurrant, black pepper, and a dose of fresh, moist, earth.  The Mourvedre comes out on the back-palate and long finish with notes of cigar tobacco, mushroom, and earth lingering nicely.  Soft enough to enjoy on its own, but brilliant with grilled or roasted meats and mushrooms!

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Dom De Font-Sane Gigondas 2011 Product #28008 (In Stock)

Rock solid Gigondas with dark fruit and lots of garrigue, mineral and black pepper - delicious now.

"The traditionally-styled 2011 Gigondas Tradition is a blend of 72% Grenache, 23% Syrah and the balance Mourvedre and Cinsault that was aged all in foudre. It has loads of charm with notions of underbrush, pepper, saddle leather and smoked mesquite-like aromas and flavors to go with a medium-bodied, moderately concentrated, yet beautifully balanced profile on the palate. It’s a knockout value that, while I don’t think it will make old bones, should drink nicely over the coming 5-7 years or so."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Dom Garrigues Vacqueyras 2011 Product #28109 (In Stock)
Dom Garrigues Vacqueyras 2011 Dom Garrigues Vacqueyras 2011

A killer value in traditionally-styled Gigondas.

"80% grenache, 10% syrah, 5% mourvedre and 5% cinsault. Deep ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of red berries, fresh flowers, white pepper and allspice. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering flavors of sweet red berries, tangy pomegranate and anise. Finishes smooth and long, with lingering spiciness and well-integrated tannins. This wine is drinking very well right now."International Wine Cellar 91 points

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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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