29 Oct Rhone/Rhone-Style Reds
The Rhone Valley is home to an impressive FOURTEEN different grape varieties. Winemakers all over the world grow several of these, with Syrah (the only grape of the N. Rhone) and Grenache (the main grape of the S. Rhone) being the main players. We have several highly-rated Rhone and Rhone-style reds in stock and on sale!
2012 Montirius Vacqueyras Garrigues, Southern Rhone Valley
On Sale $19.99
70% Grenache and 30% Syrah…..Vivid ruby. An intensely perfumed bouquet displays scents of fresh dark berries, flowers and peppery spices, with a pipe tobacco quality building with air. Plush blueberry and black raspberry flavors are framed and lifted by tangy acidity. Finishes sweet and very long, with repeating spice and floral notes and smooth, harmonious tannins.
92 Points, Vinous Media
2012 J.L. Chave St. Joseph, Northern Rhone Valley
On Sale $62.99
100% Syrah….showed beautifully. Exhibiting terrific blackberry, ground pepper, crushed rock and underbrush, it’s medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and has an open, sexy style that’s already hard to resist.
93 points The Wine Advocate
2011 Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes, Southern Rhone Valley
On Sale $109.99 Closeout price… Lowest price online by $25!!!
An up-front, sexy and perfumed blend of close to 100% Grenache. Possessing notions of kirsch liqueur, raspberry, creamy licorice and crushed flowers, it is full-bodied, nicely concentrated and has an overall hedonistic, seamless profile that’s hard to resist…one delicious thrill ride of Grenache. Drink now-2023.
95 Points, The Wine Advocate
2013 Lafage Tessellae Vieille Vignes GSM, Cotes de Roussillon
On Sale $15.99
Shockingly good for the price, a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre that was aged all in concrete tank… brilliant notes of black cherries, blueberry, licorice, clove and spring flowers in its medium to full-bodied, gorgeously pure profile… it has loads of fruit and texture yet is never heavy, cumbersome or cloying… the consumer is the big winner here.
94 Points, The Wine Advocate
2013 Lafage Bastide MiraflorsVieille Vignes, Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes
On Sale $12.99
One would normally think such a superb, remarkable wine would cost over $50 a bottle, but this beauty is available for an astonishing $13 a bottle. You’ll have to taste it to believe it! One of the greatest red wine values I have tasted in the last year or so…a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache… the result is an inky/blue/purple-colored wine offering a big, sweet bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, acacia flowers, pepper and spice.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate
2013 Herman Story Syrah “Nuts and Bolts” Paso Robles
On Sale $43.99
Made from 100% Syrah, it’s the greatest vintage of this cuvee I’ve tasted… offers off the hook notes of creme de cassis, melted licorice, caramelized meats, pepper and crushed flowers. Full-bodied, voluptuous and hedonistic, it’s also seamless and balanced, with ultra-fine tannin, no hard edges and blockbuster length. As winemaker Russell From says, “It is a no holds barred expression of Syrah that chases flavor at nearly any cost.” Bravo sir.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate
2012 Kongsgaard Syrah Napa Valley, CA…Limited!
On Sale $179.99
The 2012 Syrah is a compelling example of this varietal. It is 100% Syrah, but it smells as if it includes a large quantity of Viognier. Huge notes of flowers, honeysuckle and lavender jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine along with notes of scorched earth, charcoal, smoked meats and a touch of steak tartar. A wine of great intensity and magnificent concentration, it could easily achieve perfection in a few years. Drink now through 2026.
99 Points, The Wine Advocate
2012 Clos Erasmus, Priorat…Limited!
On Sale $179.99
After no 2011 was produced, the 2012 Clos Erasmus comes with renewed energy, a much fresher approach and a more transparent wine while keeping the slate typicity of Gratallops even in a tiny-yielding vintage. Part of the wine aged in 700-liter clay amphorae and the rest in Burgundy barrels that added a spicy patina to the nose, yet very much respected the wet slate character of the vintage. Contrary to previous vintages, the core of fruit is red rather than black; the 2013 that I tasted (not in bottle) followed pretty much this same direction. The palate shows power, elegance and a special mineral savoriness akin to licking stones. There is more Garnacha in the blend (there’s only 15% Syrah) which gives a Mediterranean juiciness. A new life for Erasmus, very much recognizable as Priorat, Gratallops and Erasmus, but with a more elegant haircut. Only 2,000 bottles produced.
98 Points, The Wine Advocate
2012 John Duval “Eligio” Shiraz (Syrah) Barossa Valley, Australia
On Sale $81.99
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Eligo has a profoundly scented nose of crème de cassis, blackberry pie, licorice, dark chocolate and blueberry preserves against an earthy/meaty background of bacon fat, forest floor, beef dripping and black loam. The densely packed, full-bodied palate manages almost paradoxical elegance and restraint with velvety tannins and lively acid giving closure to the long, multilayered finish.
97+ Points, The Wine Advocate