2004 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Popped and poured so nose was a little closed but it did show vanilla hints. . The color was very garnet. Across the palate there were notes of plum, cherry and cake spice all wrapped with a slight mineral edge. The tannins were smooth and well-integrated. Paired well with my Veal Oscar. The grapes for this blend come from the left bank of the Rhone River between the towns f Orange and Avignon. this blend consists of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 5% Mourvede and 5% Counoise- Muscardin- Vaccarèse. An excellent introduction to Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Published in: on April 8, 2010 at 1:07 am  Leave a Comment  
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2006 Château de Nages (Rhône)

DeNagesDense ruby/purple color on this blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. The nose is rather closed but gives hints of red fruits, wet rocks and white pepper. Across the palate there is a good mix of fruit and minerality with notes of raspberry, black cherry the previously mentioned pepperand anise. It’s light but not “lightweight”. Perfect for summer supper. The fruit comes from old vines Grenache and Syrah from the appellation Costieres de Nimes which is located in the southern Rhone.

2004 Ortas Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau Prestige (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau)

The nose has plenty of raspberry and wild-berry fruit with a touch of earthiness. Across the palate lots of dark berry flavors, vanilla, tobacco and a good dose of minerality. At $19 it’s a value  for Cotes du Rhone. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

2005 Cave de Tain L’Hermitage Crozes-Hermitage

The nose on this wine didn’t give up much after some time in the decanter . Hints of wet stones and raspberry. On the light side and tart, it will appeal to those who prefer the earthiness of the Rhone varietals. France, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitag.

Published in: on September 15, 2008 at 1:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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2004 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard


This is a very powerful wine. The nose is full of grilled meats and dark berry. On the palate the wine shows its youth and it a little on the hot side but the complex layers of dark fruit and smoky flavors show through. Also has a burst of cherry in the middle. The finish is long and with the fine grained tannins lingering. It will be interesting to see how this wine ages. At $85 it’s an indulgence for most. Alban specializes in Rhone varietals and it sources fruit mainly from the Edna Valley region of Californians Central Coast. 

Published in: on April 27, 2008 at 1:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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2004 Artesa Elements Sonoma and Napa Counties

Nice dark garnet color with this wine. The nose is a little muted but mineral and spice box are present. The flavors are vibrant and fruit forward with blackfruit and floral undertones most prevalent. The finish is pleasant with lingering black fruit and some fine grained tannins. It’s a mix-up of Bordeaux and Rhone varietals (mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) but for the money ($15) it’s good for a weekday drinker.

Published in: on April 17, 2008 at 12:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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