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Rhone wines for the cold weather


The two wines featured in today’s post will warm your heart during this latest polar vortex.  Unlike the 2010 vintage the 2012 Domaine de la Janasse, Terre d’Argile, Cotes du Rhone Villages is remarkably forward, polished, and round in comparison.  The fruit is pure in a sense so I would drink this over the next several years.  It was almost one year ago that I first tasted the 2010 Domaine du Gour de Chaule, Cuvee Tradition, Gigondas.  At that time it was fairly tight but today it show attractive signs of opening up.  The nose has gained complexity with a blend of fruit, orange peel, and floral aromas.  The flavors are equally as good with the addition of minerals, spices, and salivating acidity.  It has the strength you expect from Gigondas.  I recommend you try both of these wines.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine de la Janasse, Terre d’Argile, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $23
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Selections.  This wine is a blend of 25% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Carignan, 5%, and 25% Mourvedre that was aged in a mixture of barriques and foudre. Alcohol 14%.  The color was a dark, grapey ruby.  In the mouth were focused strawberry and blue fruit, not quite dense, but packed in there and generous in flavor.  It showed good, present acidity, with attractive flavors of smoked bacon and baking spiced tannins in the finish.  The long aftertaste was supported by salivating acidity.  *** Now-2020.

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2010 Domaine du Gour de Chaule, Cuvee Tradition, Gigondas – $30
Imported by Neal Rosenthal.  This wine is a blend of mostly Grenache with some Syrah and Mourvedre.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose revealed fresh clean aromas of blue and black fruit mixed with both orange peel and florals.  The minerally black fruit filled the mouth with a lot of flavor.  This wine had strength from the dry flavors of spices, cinnamon, and Kirsch.  It has good structure, salivating acidity, and ripe extract in the long aftertaste.  ***(*) Now-2024.

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