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Dom Des Pierres Seches Ardeche Syrah 2014 Product #30927 (In Stock)
Dom Des Pierres Seches Ardeche Syrah 2014 Dom Des Pierres Seches Ardeche Syrah 2014

A sneaky fine Syrah from Ardeche, the catch-all appellation surrounding the Northern Rhone.  Pop and pour and you'll find a juicy, ripe, and very fun bistro red, a wine showing the fruitiness and texture of a good Beaujolais with a touch of Crozes-Hermitage Syrah violet and black fruit.  Fresh and fun at first, give this some time in decanter and it takes on weight and loads of meaty, smoky, stony Syrah character emerges to complement the blueberry/blackberry fruit.  Either way, it's a lot of wine and loaded with food-friendly character at a very attractive price.

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Dom Des Pierres Seches St Joseph 2014 Product #30928 (In Stock)
Dom Des Pierres Seches St Joseph 2014 Dom Des Pierres Seches St Joseph 2014

Sylvain Gauthier is a young winemaker to watch in the Northern Rhone.  Born in Lorraine, trained in Burgundy, and since 2007, making his own wines from Syrah in and around the Northern Rhone.  As far as we can tell, Olivier Daubresse is the first to import Sylvain's wines to the US, but the Wine Advocate managed to track down a bottle of the 2013 St Joseph last year and awarded it a very nice 90 point rating.

From the cooler 2014 vintage, this is a ripe but elegant take on St Joseph Syrah, with a nice touch of barrel for complexity and richness.  Ripe black berry and plum scents gain complexity from notes of roasted meat, smoked stone, and spicy oak.  Plenty of depth and richness here, but no excess weight and outstanding freshness through the long, mouthwatering, lip smacking, finish.  Enjoy right now with grilled lamb and keep some to continue to enjoy for another 4-8 years as it gains complexity and earthy depth.

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Guigal Saint Joseph Rouge 2012 Product #30187 (In Stock)
Guigal Saint Joseph Rouge 2012 Guigal Saint Joseph Rouge 2012

As always, a sophisticated St. Joseph with good fruit and plenty of smoky, mineral, complexity.

"Fresh black raspberry, cherry and floral aromas are complicated by a spicy nuance. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering intense red and dark berry flavors that gain weight and power with air. The floral element comes back strong on the finish, which features supple tannins and a hint of spicecake. Distinctly elegant and in a "city style, not rustic," as Philippe Guigal put it."  Vinous (Reynolds) 90 points

"As good, if not better, than the 2011, the 2012 Saint Joseph has lots of ripeness in its sexy black fruits, chocolate, vanilla and smoked meat aromas and flavors. I suspect that by the time this sees the inside of a bottle, the oak will have integrated and it will show a more classic profile. Medium to full-bodied, textured and nicely concentrated, it too will have a decade or more prime drinking."Wine Advocate 90-92 points

"Nicely focused, with a tangy savory note up front, followed by olive, bay and dark cherry flavors. The sanguine-edged finish has good cut. Drink now through 2017."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Gaillard Cote Rotie 2012 Product #29013 (In Stock)
Gaillard Cote Rotie 2012 Gaillard Cote Rotie 2012

Proof that fine Cote Rotie does not have to be either huge or stern in order to be delicious.  Very Burgundian, elegant, and pure.

"Also solid, the classic 2012 Cote Rotie (which incorporated 10% Viognier) is made in a lighter, elegant style with perfumed rose petal, peat, violets, creme de cassis and smoke all emerging from the glass. Balanced, with a medium-bodied, nicely polished profile on the palate, it will be approachable early on and drink nicely for a decade. The wines all have a classic, fresh and focused feel, and certainly, those looking for big textures and loads of fruit should look elsewhere."Wine Advocate 89-91 points

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Guigal Condrieu 2013 Product #29980 (In Stock)
Guigal Condrieu 2013 Guigal Condrieu 2013


"Pungent aromas of pear skin, mango and lime pith, plus a suave floral overtone. Penetrating, sharply focused citrus and pit fruit flavors gain depth, spiciness and a touch of honey with air. Dry, penetrating and minerally on the persistent finish, which leaves violet and bitter pear skin notes behind."  Vinous 91 points

"Just bottled in June of this year, the 2013 Condrieu is tighter, more focused and reserved than the 2012. It offers pretty notes of tangerine, mint, citrus blossom and crushed rock to go with a medium-bodied, fresh, focused style on the palate. It will be better in another year and have 2-4 years of longevity."Wine Advocate 92 points

"A bold style, with white ginger, anise and star fruit notes giving the core of white peach, pear and melon flavors an almost chutneylike feel. Bright honeysuckle and chamomile notes keep this pure and high-pitched through the finish. Quite a show. Drink now through 2017."Wine Spectator 93 points

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Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde 2011 Product #29955 (In Stock)
Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde 2011 Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde 2011

Delicious already but built to improve for a decade or two!

"Smoky, mineral-accented cherry and dark berry scents are lifted by a suggestion of peppery spices. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, showing excellent focus and depth to its bitter cherry and blackcurrant flavors. Opens up slowly on the long, floral finish, which is firmed by dusty, fine-grained tannins. This suave wine is delicious right now but should age gracefully on its balance."  Vinous (Reynolds) 92 points

"I loved the forward, sexy style of the 2011 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde, and it’s just hard to resist today. Loaded with notions of kirsch, blackberry, toasted nuts and spice, it’s medium to full-bodied, elegant, seamless and hedonistic. I’d happily drink it anytime over the coming decade."Wine Advocate 92 points

"Still youthfully tight, with a core of steeped cherry, plum skin and fig paste flavors coiled up with lush singed vanilla bean and fruitcake notes. Offers a dense, sappy feel through the finish, as the woodsy note still needs to be soaked up fully. Worth cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2027."Wine Spectator 92 points

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