Rhone wines for all occasions


Just when I felt settled in our new house we moved over the remainder of our storage unit.  This final lot of our stuff included significant number of boxes of books…heavy boxes of books.  After a day of heavy lifting I am more inclined to drink an inexpensive wine.  Both the 2013 Domaine Saint Gayan, Trescartes, Cotes du Rhone and the 2013 Domaine Ogier, Le Temps Est Venu, Cotes du Rhone fit this criteria.  The Saint Gayan is a softer wine for immediate consumption whereas the Ogier might have a soft presence but it sports meaty complexity.  The 2012 Jean-Michel Gerin, La Champine, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes is ideal for the day after hauling boxes.  This northern-Rhone Syrah offers ethereal bloody and earthy flavors that will remain attractive for many years.  While drinking these three forward wines you could let the 2012 Domaine Notre Dame des Pallieres, Les Mourres, Gigondas age.  This is a bright, clean Gigondas with an attractive racy core of flavor.  The southern warmth has made the 2012 Domaine Bois De Boursan, Chateauneuf du Pape a wine to enjoy now.  At first, I even wondered about the need to cellar this wine but with air additional complexity comes out including the sense of structure.  This then, might be a wine for all ages. These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2013 Domaine Saint Gayan, Trescartes, Cotes du Rhone – $12
Imported by Europvin.  This wine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre sourced from 50 year old vines that was aged in cement vats.  Alcohol 14%.  The flavors quickly become soft with the faintest hint of structure and dry, cola-like flavors in the middle that were moved along by watering acidity.  There were cinnamon notes in the finish and some tannins left on the gums.  ** Now-2017.

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2013 Domaine Ogier, Le Temps Est Venu, Cotes du Rhone – $16
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections.  This wine is a blend of 90% old vine Grenache and 10% Syrah and Mourvedre that was fermented and aged in concrete vats.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose bore red fruit and berries.  In the mouth were meaty hints of flavor in a soft structure that came out with air.  There were orange-cream flavors mixed with minerals, and a drying black structure by the finish.  **(*) Now-2018.

Rhone3

2012 Jean-Michel Gerin, La Champine, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes – $19
Imported by Esprit du Vin.  This wine is 100% Syrah that was aged for 12 months in old oak barrels.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The subtle nose bore some pepper.  In the mouth were some bloody, ethereal and earthy flavors that mixed with more substantive fruity and tart black notes.  Already showing good, complex flavors, this wine will develop over the short-term.    The flavors showed mid palate bloom with ethereal structure and watering acidity.  *** Now-2022.

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2012 Domaine Notre Dame des Pallieres, Les Mourres, Gigondas – $20
Imported by Exclusive Wine Imports.  This wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.  Alcohol 15%.  The nose bore fresh citrus and perfume.  In the mouth were weighty, ripe, black fruit with a racy core and acidity.  The wine leaned towards the dry and tart side of the spectrum.  The flavors taste like young fruit in this young, clean, bright Gigondas.  With extended air it developed some creamy, blue fruit.  **(*) 2017- 2025.

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2012 Domaine Bois De Boursan, Chateauneuf du Pape – $40
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, and 5% other including Counoise, Cinsault that was aged for 18 months in large barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose bore red fruit and aromatic spices.  In the mouth was a slightly dense start of cool and spiced, dry flavors of red fruit and cherry.  The wine took on more blue and black fruit in the finish which had a dry, cinnamon flavored structure and a fresh, grippy end.  With air midpalate complexity came out as did minerality and watering acidity.  ***(*) Now-2025.

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