12 Apr Rhone Blends Tasting Sun. 4/15
Sunday, April 15
1 to 4pm
At the Bar
It’s a battle of the Rhones! Come see who does it best, France or Australia. We’re pitting Guillaume Gonnet against one of our fave Aussie GSM producers, Kilikanoon. Gonnet’s wine hails from the sub-region of the southern Rhone called Cairanne, a tiny appellation that produces outstanding Grenache-based blends. We’ll pit Gonnet against Kilikanoon’s Grenache, Syrah, Mataro (Mourvedre in France) to see the differences between classic French terroir and the cool Clare Valley.
2015 Guillaume Gonnet “Le Brave” Cairanne AOP
On Sale $16.99
Gonnet’s various bottlings from around the Southern Rhône generally blend 80% Grenache with 20% Syrah, so tasting through them is a fascinating way to experience the region’s different terroirs. The 2015 Cairanne Le Brave is a slightly darker, richer wine than the Cotes du Rhone Villages, but it’s still medium-bodied. Ground spices and hints of garrigue appear on the nose, followed by cherry and plum flavors and silky tannins on the finish.
89 Points, The Wine Advocate
2014 Kilikanoon “Killerman’s Run” Grenache, Syrah, Mataro, Clare Valley
On Sale $16.99
Brilliant ruby-red. Aromatic aromas of ripe, spice-tinged red and blue fruits, incense and candied flowers. Plush and seamless on the palate, offering juicy raspberry, blueberry and spicecake flavors that fan out nicely on the back half. Fruit-driven and approachable in style, finishing with very soft tannins and an echo of candied red fruit.
90 Points, Vinous Media