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Galuval and Yann Chave from the North and the South


I always love trying wines from the Rhone.  My first experience with the 2012 Domaine de Galuval, Cairanne, Cotes du Rhone Villages was very enjoyable. This combined effort with advisor Philippe Cambie has resulted in a wine full of outstanding components.   It is not a rippling wine rather one that is coiled and should fully reveal itself next year.  The 2012 Yann Chave, Classic, Crozes Hermitage clearly moves to the north with its meaty aromas and clean flavors.  It is drinkable now but I would give resist opening a bottle it until the winter.  The Yann Chave was purchased at Weygandt Wines and the Galuval at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine de Galuval, Cairanne, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $18
Imported by OSLO Enterprise.  This wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault.  Alcohol 14%.  The nice nose was followed by mouth filling flavors of cherries and red fruit.  The ripe tannins left a drying texture on the gums followed by an inky aftertaste.  This wine is still young for it maintained coiled flavors and a certain firmness.  **(*) 2015-2020.

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2012 Yann Chave, Classic, Crozes Hermitage – $27
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is 100% Syrah.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose bore slightly meaty aromas of fresh fruit.  In the mouth were clean flavors of black fruit with noticeable acidity on the tongue.  With air this wine showed young fruit flavors of meaty, purple fruit, that was attractively perfumed and incensed.  It left a gentle ripeness in the aftertaste.  Drinking well now but should improve over the short term.  **(*) Now-2018.

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