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A Pair From Domaine Alary

Following up on the 2010 Domaine Alary, Le Font d’Estevenas, Cairanne which I reviewed in Many Bottles of Excellent Rhone Wine are the two wines featured in this post.   The 2010 Domaine Alary, La Gerbaude, Cotes du Rhone was best on the first night when it was robust with soil, minerals, and black fruit flavors.  I think it might benefit from a wee bit of age.  I really liked the 2010 Domaine Alary, L’Exclus, VdP Orange. It was a hypothetical blend of the North and the South that responded very well to a few hours of air.  If you enjoy young Rhone wines then try it now, just be sure to decant it.  These wines were purchased at Weygandt Wines.


2010 Domaine Alary, La Gerbaude, Cotes du Rhone – $17
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler. This wine is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah and Carignan.Alcohol 14%.  The nose revealed black fruit and soil.  In the mouth were black, minerally fruit, slightly gutsy young fruit with seamlessly integrated acidity.  There were very fine tannins which dried on the gums.  This was a robust wine which was most satisfying on the first night.  **(*) Now-2020.


2010 Domaine Alary, L’Exclus, VdP Orange – $18
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is a blend of  50% Counoise and 50% Syrah.  Alcohol 14%.  This opened up over a few hours to reveal a lovely wine with ripe fruit and grippy, young flavors.  It was a lot like the Northern Rhone wine meets the Southern.  There was black fruit which built into a ripe set of flavors which coated the gums.  There was some salivating acidity.  *** Now-2023.


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