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Two From Cotes du Rhone Villages and One From Wagram

I periodically take a look through my tasting notes to find wines that I have accidentally skipped over.  I came across these three wines which were tasted during August and September.  We have drunk several bottles of the Domaine Andezon since its release.  While it is not my type of Rhone wine, it offers good value and will certainly please dinner guests.  The Domaine Piaugier is pure Counoise which makes it interesting because this is typically blended into wine.  Tablas Creek finds that Counoise balances the strong tannins of Syrah but in this wine the tannins overpower the fruit.  For this reason I would pass on this wine.   After enjoying the 2008 Weingut Leth Fels, Roter Veltliner I tried the affordable Gruner Veltliner.  While the Gruner is a good wine I would recommend spending the extra $2 to purchase the Roter.

These wines were purchased at MacArthurs.  The Domaine Andezon is available for $16 and the Weingut Leth is available for $14.  The Piaugier cost $15-$20 but is no longer available.

2007 Domaine Andezon, Granacha Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Signargues
This wine is 100% Grenache produced from 80+ year old vines.  The wine is aged for eight months with 50% in used barrels and 50% in tank.  It was bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without sulphur.  This wine has candy like flavors.  The blue fruit is complemented by sweet spice with lifted perfume throughout. It is medium bodied with rich flavors, some lipstick notes but the fruit is a bit too candy-like for me.  I would never guess this is from the Rhone. ** Now-2017.

2005 Domaine de Piaugier, Tenebi, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Sablet
This wine is 100% Counoise sourced from 55-year-old vines.  This wine is aged for two winters in one to four-year old oak barriques.  On the second night the fruit is better developed but there are still ample, super fine tannins.  This wine has very clean red fruit flavors with some hints of Strawberry sweetness and tart notes.  On the third day the fruit puts on an enjoyable powdery quality.  But in the end, the power of the tannins far outstrip the fruit. * Now-2017.

2010 Weingut Leth Fels, Gruner Veltliner, Steinagrund, Lagenreserve, Wagram
This wine lasted well over three days.  There is a crisp, light nose of white fruits.  In the mouth this bright wine has apple-like fruit that is crisp with acidity and a tart in flavor.  This assertive wine has a nice texture and mixes in pleasing minerals.  It is a good wine but I prefer their Roter Veltliner. ** Now.

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  1. December 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm

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