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Charles Thomas Cotes Du Rhone 2015 Product #31482 (In Stock)
Charles Thomas Cotes Du Rhone 2015 Charles Thomas Cotes Du Rhone 2015

In 2015, this happy, eager to please, Cotes du Rhone opens up with fresh aromas of blackberry, currant, cracked pepper, lavender and a hint of smoke.  On the palate it’s medium-bodied and pumps out flavors of just-picked raspberry and blackberry, cranberry, and a touch of crumbled dry herb.  It finishes with a big burst of tangy raspberry, black pepper, and red plum, mouthwatering and thirst quenching and with just enough dusty tannin to stand up to pizza, nachos, sausages, fried chicken, or the casual fun-food of your choice!

“Checking in as a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, the 2015 Cotes du Rhone is a floral, red and black berry, spice and sappy herb-scented effort that has medium-bodied richness, juicy acidity and a charming, quaffable style. Drink this solid, bistro styled red over the coming couple of years.”Wine Advocate 87 points

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Laurent Miquel Syrah Grenache 2015 Product #31474 (In Stock)
Laurent Miquel Syrah Grenache 2015 Laurent Miquel Syrah Grenache 2015

Exactly the kind of fun, friendly, great value wine that France's  Languedoc region should pump out by the boatload - but somehow doesn't.  This is a great drink, blending 75% Syrah for richness with 25% Grenache for red fruit and lift.  Plenty of dark fruit - plum, blackberry, black raspberry - on the nose and palate with accents of creamy chocolate, warm earth, and spice.  Finishes big and rich with just a dusting of tannins for support.  A fine, delicious, value.

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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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Ch Vignelaure Rose Coteaux d'Aix En Provence 2015 Product #31145 (In Stock)
Ch Vignelaure Rose Coteaux d'Aix En Provence 2015 Ch Vignelaure Rose Coteaux d'Aix En Provence 2015

A blend of 40% Grenache - bled from red wine tanks - plus 30% direct press Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.  The texture is the real story here, round and plush and mouthfilling but still light and fresh.  You'll love it right now as a late-Summer refresher, but hold on to some for end-of-year feasts and even for Summer 2017 - because this will just get better with time!

"Pale orange. Aromas of orange zest, strawberry and white flowers show very good clarity and a subtle mineral element. Juicy and focused, offering ripe strawberry and tangerine flavors that put on weight with aeration. Fleshy, focused and dry on the penetrating finish, which shows good, nervy cut and minerally persistence."  Vinous (Reynolds) 90 points

"Editors Choice! Coming from a remote estate on the edge of the Lubéron mountains in the north of Provence, this wine is impressively rich. It gains great concentration and structure from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in the blend. Full of ripe red fruits, it is dense at the end."Wine Enthusiast 93 points

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Chapoutier Bila Haut Cotes Du Roussillon Villages 2014 Product #31066 (In Stock)
Chapoutier Bila Haut Cotes Du Roussillon Villages 2014 Chapoutier Bila Haut Cotes Du Roussillon Villages 2014

These guys just never miss! No oak, big flavors, great value.

"A terrific value that’s close to an even split of Grenache and Syrah (there’s 10% Carignan), from a mix of terroirs in the Agly Valley, the 2014 Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila Haut was completely destemmed and spent eight months in a mix of concrete tanks and stainless steel prior to bottling. A fabulous value that will be hard to beat as a mid-week drinker, it offers lots of juicy berry fruit, violets, peppery herbs and damp earth characteristics in a medium-bodied, bright, fresh and elegant package. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming 2-4 years."Wine Advocate 90 points

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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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Ch La Pujade Corbieres Le Petit Spencer 2015 Product #31661 (In Stock)

"The Little Spencer" is the "fun" wine from this respected Corbieres estate in the heart of sunny Languedoc.  It's a blend of 50% Carignan plus 20% Mourvedre and 15% each Syrah and Grenache, all grown in a natural amphitheater that gives and extra dose of ripeness. This tastes and feels like a more expensive wine with deep, rich, blue/black fruit, complex accents of hot stone, licorice, and garrigue and a nicely chewy finish.  Fun stuff especially with rustic, herb-laced, foods.

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Chapoutier Bila Haut Cotes Du Roussillon Villages 2015 Product #31680 (In Stock)

Perhaps the greatest value wine of the Sud.

"The jaw-dropper in the lineup was the quality of the 2015 Haut Cotes de Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila Haut. While the entry level wine from this estate, the quality here is incredible, especially at the price point. Made from 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Carignan from a mix of the estate’s terroirs, aged in concrete tanks and stainless steel, it offers a rich, concentrated and serious feel to go with fabulously pure notes of blackberries, black raspberries, crushed rock and melted licorice. Thick, unctuous and luxuriously textured, this will certainly be the greatest vintage of this cuvee to date."Wine Advocate 91-93 points

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Dom d'Eole Cuvee Tradition Blanc 2014 Product #29858 (In Stock)
Dom d'Eole Cuvee Tradition Blanc 2014 Dom d'Eole Cuvee Tradition Blanc 2014

Organic Grapes!  Provence is more famous for it's red and pink wines, but with great care and skill, it's possible to create compelling whites here, too.  This comes from certified organic vines of snappy fresh Rolle (aka Vermentino in Italy) and rich, luxurious, Roussanne grown in a hidden vineyard shaped like the tongue of a dog.  The sandy soils let both varietals retain their freshness while Provencal warmth, sunshine, and the blustery Mistrial wind ensure plenty of ripeness.

Aromas of crushed yellow peach, tangerine, and crushed stone lead to a creamy, but bone dry, mouthful of peach, peach skin, lime, salty stone and tangy citrus flavors.  Provencal herb notes come up on the back and the stone, citrus, and mineral flavors linger on and on through the long, saline, finish.  A lovely wine for salads and seafood or just to sip.

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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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Ch Camplazens La Garrigue La Clape 2012 Product #29306 (In Stock)
Ch Camplazens La Garrigue La Clape 2012 Ch Camplazens La Garrigue La Clape 2012

Possibly the sunniest vineyard in France, La Clape sits right on the Mediterranean coast in deepest Languedoc.  You'll smell and taste the region's sun-baked stones and scrubby herb and pine here but also oodles of earthy strawberry and cherry red fruit.  A floral note weaves in and out even as the wine gets meatier and more savory with air. Finishes firm and earthy with plenty of garrigue.  Fun!

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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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Ch Coupe Roses Minervois Blanc Champ Du Roy 2015 Product #30864 (In Stock)
Ch Coupe Roses Minervois Blanc Champ Du Roy 2015 Ch Coupe Roses Minervois Blanc Champ Du Roy 2015

You won't find a more enjoyable warm weather refresher than this fruit-filled white from the stony hills of France's Minervois region.  It's a blend of 70% Grenache Blanc and 30% Muscat, fermented cool and aged in tank.  Fun aromas of orange blossom and lime zest-dusted peach lead to a rich mouthful of orange, peach and tangerine fruit.  Dashes of citrus zest and stony mineral add freshness and help this fruit filled beauty finish clean and dry.

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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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Elyse C' Est Si Bon Naggiar Vyd Sierra Foothills 2012 Product #30867 (In Stock)
Elyse C' Est Si Bon Naggiar Vyd Sierra Foothills 2012 Elyse C' Est Si Bon Naggiar Vyd Sierra Foothills 2012

"It is Good!" is on the label and what you'll say after tasting this robust blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Counoise from California's Sierra Foothills.  Lush aromas of blue/black berries and roasted strawberry with a touch of earth.  Just as plush on the palate with deep, dark, fruit and plenty of earthy complexity.  Finishes soft and ripe with fine tannins.  Fun stuff indeed!

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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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Guigal Chateauneuf-du-pape 2009 375ml Product #30009 (In Stock)
Guigal Chateauneuf-du-pape 2009 375ml Guigal Chateauneuf-du-pape 2009 375ml

Stellar wine that's already delicious.

"Potent cherry, redcurrant and floral scents are given a musky, earthy touch by a hint of rhubarb. Sappy, sweet and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering bitter cherry and raspberry preserve flavors and a touch of licorice. The clinging finish is shaped by silky, even tannins and given bite by a hint of cracked pepper."  Vinous 92 points

"The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape appears to be a beautiful wine, although perhaps not at the level of the 2007 or 2010 (which will not be released for another two years). The elegant, medium to full-bodied 2009 displays lots of cedary, berry fruit intermixed with notes of garrigue, Christmas fruitcake, kirsch and spice. It is best consumed in its first decade of life."Wine Advocate 90-92 points

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