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Charles Thomas Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2016 Product #32951 (In Stock)
Charles Thomas Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2016 Charles Thomas Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2016

What a great value in refreshing, aromatic, and fun-to-drink white wine!  While Charles Thomas wines are always great values, it's not because they don't work hard in their vineyards.  This is a ripe, rich, blend of organically farmed Grenache Blanc (70%), Rousanne (15%), Marsanne (10%), and Viognier (5%), all made fresh and clean in stainless steel.  Lovely aromas of fresh white peach, tangy apricot, lime zest and white flowers open the show.  In the mouth, there's good weight here - due to the high quality Roussanne grape - but also a crisp, clean, feel, to the juicy peach, apricot, lemon and honeysuckle flavors.  Finishes dry and dusty and very inviting.  A fine sipper and match for all kinds of lighter foods.

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Ferraton Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Samorens 2016 Product #32275 (In Stock)
Ferraton Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Samorens 2016 Ferraton Cotes Du Rhone Blanc Samorens 2016

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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Dom Pontbriand Vaucluse 2016 Product #32907 (In Stock)
Dom Pontbriand Vaucluse 2016 Dom Pontbriand Vaucluse 2016

Kind of an old-school South-of-France red here with a bit of modern polish.  The blend is old-timey with 40% Grenache, 40% Caladoc, 10% Syrah and 10% Marselan all done in tank.  You'll certainly taste the warm, sunshiny, climate here in ripe plum and black raspberry fruit and there's a nice dose of black olive, thyme and lavender, too.  But the flavors stay as fresh as a daisy right on through the dusty, lightly chewy, finish.  Great all-purpose bistro red at a fine, weeknight, price.

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Les Vignerons De Tavel Lirac Les Hauts d'Acantalys 2015 Product #31989 (In Stock)
Les Vignerons De Tavel Lirac Les Hauts d'Acantalys 2015 Les Vignerons De Tavel Lirac Les Hauts d'Acantalys 2015

SUPER VALUE ALERT!  Lirac is a lot like Chateauneuf but softer and more sweetly fruited.  And this is a top, prime, delicious example at a great price. Smells like Lirac with baked strawberry and red cherry on the nose with hints of flowers and warm tone.  Then it's more fresh then you'd expect on the palate with ripe strawberry and black cherry fruit and an exotic lilac note for complexity.  Nice and dusty on the finish where stone, fruit, and floral flavors linger.

"Youthful violet. Smoke-tinged black and blue fruit and licorice scents show good focus and a subtle hint of cracked pepper. Juicy and smooth in the mouth, offering fresh cherry and blueberry flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Shows good breadth and cling on the spicy finish, which is shaped by dusty tannins."  Vinous (Raynolds) 89 points

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Charles Thomas Cotes Du Rhone 2016 Product #32771 (In Stock)
Charles Thomas Cotes Du Rhone 2016 Charles Thomas Cotes Du Rhone 2016

In 2016, 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!

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Dom La Manarine Cotes Du Rhone 2015 Product #31938 (In Stock)
Dom La Manarine Cotes Du Rhone 2015 Dom La Manarine Cotes Du Rhone 2015

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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Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2014 Product #33004 (In Stock)

A classic, gutsy, Cotes du Rhone made from 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre.

"Gorgeous tobacco, black pepper, black cherry and an attractive dash of herbal complexity too. Still-youthful fruit on the palate, yet already showing attractive evolution. As ever, this is surely one of the most reliable large-scale wines in existence. Firm tannin with much more refreshing acid than most Côtes du Rhônes thanks to the high Syrah element."  JancisRobinson.com 16.5/20 points

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Dom du Bois St Jean Cotes Du Rhone l'Intrepid 2016 Product #33038 (In Stock)

Tastes like a mini-Chateauneuf du Pape!" Opens with big aromas of dark frui plus notes of roasted raspberry, smoked meat and garrigue - wild thyme, lavender and olive.  In the mouth it's remarkably dense and sweetly fruited for Cotes du Rhone, with more dark fruit, garrigue and spice flavors and a rich texture that borders on velvety.  The finish is long and earthy and complex with supple tannins.

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Kermit Lynch Cotes Du Rhone 2015 Product #33055 (In Stock)

Importer Kermit Lynch has this wine made for him, and it's as natural, savory, and pure as you'd expect from this collaboration and the excellent 2010 vintage.  It's full of earthy  red fruit, and while it's fully ripe, it's also mineral-driven and very nicely structured.  Try it with stews, roasted meats, or just a handful of olives and then look out for the explosion of flavor!

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2016 Product #32260 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2016 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2016

Another lovely vintage for this classy Rhone white that puts many (much more expensive) 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, Clementine 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 Saint Siffrein Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2015 Product #32893 (In Stock)
Dom Saint Siffrein Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2015 Dom Saint Siffrein Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2015

A robust but smooth blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, this is Cotes du Rhone to sip or pair with all kinds of foods.  Aromas and flavors of peppery dark fruits (blackberry, black cherry, plum) get nice complexity from hints of leather, pine and savory herb.  Round, plush, and full-bodied, it finishes with a burst of fruit and herb and soft, supple, tannins.  Love the depth and richness here for drinking right now!

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Dom Notre Dame Des Pallieres Sablet CdR Villages 2015 Product #32766 (In Stock)

Here's a bold, rich, very meaty, Rhone red from a Gigondas estate working in the up-and-coming village of Sablet. 60% Grenache gives this plenty of fleshy, baked raspberry, fruit at the core. But the 40% Syrah really sings out, adding dark blackberry and plum notes to the baked raspberry fruit and a savory, meaty, element ot the firm finish.  Deep, spicy and rich and a very fine value.

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Dom De La Mordoree Tavel Rose La Dame Rousse 2016 Product #32298 (In Stock)
Dom De La Mordoree Tavel Rose La Dame Rousse 2016 Dom De La Mordoree Tavel Rose La Dame Rousse 2016

As Robert Parker said, “If you haven't discovered, Mordorée continues to make some of the finest dry Rosés available anywhere in the world.”  And this, their flagship Tavel, is simply one of the finest pink wines you’ll be able to find anywhere this season.  The magic starts with 40 year-old plantings of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Mourvedre - the black grapes for color - and 5% each of Clairette and Bourboulenc - the white grapes for vivacity and freshness.  After harvest, the grapes are crushed and allowed to soak in their juice for 3-4 days to extract flavor and aroma and also a rich, dark, salmon color.

Like any great Tavel, this is more deep, intense, and seriously red wine-like than most rosés you’ve experienced.  Big aromas of ripe strawberries, roses, orange blossom and creamy framboise jump from the glass.  On the palate, its rich, mouthfilling, and creamy in texture with intense berry and floral flavors lifted by a pop of bright acidity and chalky mineral on the long, dry, lipsmacking, finish.  A serious rosé for a contemplative glass of wine on the back deck while the sun sets, or to wow your guests at your next warm-weather dinner party. And don’t forget to put away a few bottles for the holidays, because this is the answer to the age-old question of what to serve at Thanksgiving this year or for 2 or 3 years to come!

"This is a full-bodied, ripe and rich example of Tavel. Flourishes of dried flowers and spices dress up ripe melons and berries, finishing long and warming. It's a rosé tailor made for cool end-of-summer evenings."Wine Enthusiast 91 points

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Villages La Daurelle 2015 Product #32800 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Villages La Daurelle 2015 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Villages La Daurelle 2015

Probably the best value in robust Rhone red wine we have in the store now - a wine that blows away most $30-$50 "luxury" Gigondas and a whole lot of Chateauneuf!  In fact, this is the most Chateauneuf-like edition of La Daurelle we’ve seen in years and while it’s already utterly delicious and a fruit-filled way, it’s going to get even better over the next 10 years.

In vintage 2015, Philippe had to go in a slightly different direction with La Daurelle, taking advantage of the amazing success he had with ripe fruit flavors while avoiding the tough tannins that have marred some other favorites this year.  As usual, it’s a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah ad 10% each Mourvedre and Carignan, all aged in used French oak cask.  The aromas are deep and complex, with bold black raspberry, ripe blueberry, wild herb, and black olive scents that pick up a bit of Franboise  liqueur with air.

In the mouth it trades the chocolate plushness of 2012 for more pure fruit-driven flavors – layers of raspberry, roasted strawberry, and black cherry – with bold accents of black olive and garigue (the mix of wild lavender, rosemary and thyme you smell on a warm day in the Southern Rhone).  The fruit and garigue  flavors push on through a remarkably fresh, clean, finish where fine-grained, ripe, tannins give plenty of food and cellar-friendly support.  I love how it’s picking up weight in the 3 months since it landed in the US and while I’ll drink plenty this year, I’m hiding some away for even more richness and weight to come.  You should too!

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Dom De La Verde Vacqueyras Prelude 2014 Product #31865 (In Stock)
Dom De La Verde Vacqueyras Prelude 2014 Dom De La Verde Vacqueyras Prelude 2014

A lovely all-tank blend of 55% Grenache, 23% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre and Cinsault that's drinking beautifully now.

"Mineral- and smoke-accented red berries and candied flowers on the tightly focused nose. Spicy and energetic in style, offering fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a repeating suggestion of smokiness. Turns sweeter on the incisive finish, which features fine-grained tannins and an echo of cherry pit."  Vinous (Raynolds) 89-91 points

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Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Visan 2015 Product #32019 (In Stock)
Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Visan 2015 Dom Philippe Plantevin Cdr Visan 2015

If you like your reds a bit more on the funky, earthy, chocolaty, side, then this is the 2015 Plantevin for you!  The blend here is 52% Grenache, 26% Syrah, 20% Carignan and the rest Mourvedre, all made and aged in tank.  The Syrah and dollop of Mourvedre really show on the nose, with bold aromas of dark black fruits, leather, roasted meat and fresh earth boiling up out of the glass.  The texture in the mouth is a bit richer and fuller than La Daurelle and the fruit darker and more roasted.  

A hint of bitter chocolate joins the dark fruit flavors with accents of roasted meat, earth, warm stones and garrigue delivering fantastic complexity.  With air, the earthy, slightly funky, notes of classic Southern Rhone reds come up and sing out.  Firm, muscular, and juicy on the finish, this is a great rendition of Visan with outstanding length and power to the long finish.  Ready now for sure and even better over the next few years.  A winner.

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Dom Charbonniere Vacqueyras 2013 Product #32705 (In Stock)
Dom Charbonniere Vacqueyras 2013 Dom Charbonniere Vacqueyras 2013

A stylish, velvety, Vacqueyras loaded with deep red fruit.

"Spicy dark berry and cherry pit on the smoke-accented nose; zesty minerality adds vibrancy. Sappy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors show very good clarity and gentle sweetness, and a jolt of zesty acidity adds lift and bite. Closes smooth, smoky and long, with repeating spiciness; fine-grained tannins add shape."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

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Ch Croix Des Pins Les Dessous Des Dentelles Gigondas 2014 Product #32796 (In Stock)
Ch Croix Des Pins Les Dessous Des Dentelles Gigondas 2014 Ch Croix Des Pins Les Dessous Des Dentelles Gigondas 2014

A deliciously elegant Gigondas that's shining bright right now.

"Intense aromas of blackberry, cassis and spicecake; a smoky mineral topnote adds urgency. Pliant and appealingly sweet, offering juicy dark berry and cherry flavors and an energizing suggestion of black pepper. Finishes long and spicy, showing very good focus and fine-grained tannins that add shape and grip."  Vinous (Raynolds) 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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Clos Du Caillou CdR Bouquet Des Garrigues 2015 Product #32647 (In Stock)
Clos Du Caillou CdR Bouquet Des Garrigues 2015 Clos Du Caillou CdR Bouquet Des Garrigues 2015

Always one of our very favorite Cotes du Rhones, and in 2015 a wine that outshines many much more expensive Chateauneuf du Pape!  It’s a blend of 85% Grenache and equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre, all aged in tank and neutral barrel.  Grenache raspberry and sweet cherry aromas and flavors take center stage, but there’s plenty of black olive tapenade, crushed herb, and black pepper complexity.  Very pure, very delicious.

"The Vacheron family, along with winemaker Bruno Gaspard and assistant Aude Perche, as well as superstar Oenologist Philippe Cambie, continue to keep Domaine du Clos du Caillou one of the leading estates in Châteauneuf du Pape. In addition, they fashion some of the most incredible Côtes du Rhônes out there. Another terrific-looking barrel sample is the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages Bouquet des Garrigues, which is medium to full-bodied, rounded and charming, with sweet tannin and lots of Provençal notes of raspberries, cherries and licorice."Wine Advocate 90-92 points

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