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Tasting notes were the flavour of the month on Purple Pages this November, as we began publishing not only our compiled thoughts from the past few months (see this guide to our autumn collections) , but also Jancis's and Julia's hot-off-the-press assessments of individual Rhône 2012s (see.
…that pair with food. While you may think that a Napa winery can't make quality Rhone varietals, but with the help of some great fruit from the Sierra Foothills, Elyse is making it's mark with two red blends and a white blend.
The 2009 C'est si Bon is a red blend with 5 Rhone reds and a touch of Viognier. The powerful Grenache and Mourvedre bases give it a rich and bold foundation, peppered with black pepper, spice, and blue fruit. I love the addition of the …
Turkey Flat Vineyards is a wine estate located in the Barossa Valley in Australia. It was here, on the banks of Tanunda Creek where bush turkeys once roamed, that pioneer Silesian settler Johann Friedrich August Fiedler planted his first vines in 1847. Shiraz is still produced from these vines planted in 1847 - some of the oldest in the world. But the estate now also has vines at Bethany, Koonunga Hill and Stonewell, producing generous, warm, friendly reds and this full, fresh white blended from three Rhône varieties.
This deep, dark red wine is a Rhone blend of 77.4% Syrah, 12.9% Grenache, and 9.7% Mourvedre. In some circles, this big, peppery combination is known as GSM. Frankly, unlike many of our friends and colleagues, we are not big fans of Mouvedre or Grenache as stand-alone wines; there are many good ones in Washington state, but they aren't to our palates. So we were always hesitant to taste a wine that blends those two grapes with Syrah. That is, until about a year ago, …
Jérôme's senior white wine gives Hermitage Blanc a run for its money. Made from 95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne, it has an impressive citric minerality to underwrite the honey, wax, almonds and lanoline - a classic white Rhône in other words!
See our guide to coverage of Rhône 2012s . This week Jancis is in the Rhône Valley tasting 2012s sur place while Julia attends some of the Rhône 2012 tastings being held in London this week in order to present you with a detailed report on this interesting vintage. Jancis has already tasted.
Part of a tiny allocation direct from the Milziade Antano cellars, Francesco makes arguably the finest Sagrantino di Montefalco, on account of his excellent clay soils, long macerations and ageing in slavonian botte.
The wines have a southern Rhone shape to them, his Sagrantino fruit late harvested to the point of ‘passito', so giving unctuous, almost heady, brambly, undergrowth richness, at high levels of alcohol that are totally integrated into the lithe wine. 2004 was more …
Rhône if you want to.
As muscular, rich, and uninhibited as a first-round NFL draft pick, Rhône-style wines were originally cultivated by the Romans on the rugged slopes of the Rhône river valley. The grapes in these three David Girard wines don't know Marcus Aurelius from Neiman Marcus, but they carry the Rhône banner without breaking a sweat.
…and are really very interesting. While they are the same grapes as their French neighbors in the Rhone valley, they are quite different and more powerful. The more rare and special Rioja Blancas are usually Viura ( Macabeo, which is often used or Cava), Malvasia, and my favorite - Garnacha Blanca.