As you should know by now these Rhone reds are big favorites of mine. I always have the hardest time trying to narrow it down to just six wines for the flight. This time I had twenty solid contenders to choose from which always makes for an excellent tasting with such a strong lineup to select from. In a way the Rhone reds remind me of the reds from the Piemonte in NW Italy. Not in their flavor or style but in their authenticity. Both areas remain generally unspoiled by modern trends and the winemakers tend to fashion wines that remain true to the area. Or as they say in Italy, “typical” to our region. The Rhone reds are loaded with character and personality and, I think, they remain the very best values of any wine region in the world…………at all price levels! You would do well indeed to load your cellar with these gems as they will repay cellaring in a big way at little expense. Come on down and raise a toast to “Le Tour De France” and all else that’s wonderful about this culinary gem of a country.
2011 Chateau Cadenette, Costieres de Nimes $11
2010 Domaine Andezon, Cotes Du Rhone $14
2009 Domaine Cristia, Cotes Du Rhone Vieilles Vignes $15
2010 Domaine Cros De Romet, Cairanne $23
2005 Clos Du Joncuas, Gigondas $30
Premium Pour ($4)
2009 Domaine Du Banneret, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape $43