Phil has imported the wines of Domaine des Pasquiers for three years now. The trio of 2015 Rhone wines in this post represents the latest offering. 2015 is quite a vintage and all of these wines show significant flavor and stuffing. Of the trio, my favorite is the 2015 Domaine des Pasquiers, Cote du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu. It is deep, flavorful, and has grip that I like. As with any proper Cotes du Rhone it will drink well over the next several years. The 2015 Domaine des Pasquiers, Cotes du Rhone Villages Sablet is definitely young and in need of age. I could see it outstep the Plan de Dieu once it is mature but for a bit of raisin flavor. Maybe everything will come together in a couple years, in that case this could be a bit of a sleeper. The 2015 Domaine des Pasquiers, Gigondas follows is the house style of modern Gigondas. While I prefer more funk this is certainly impressive with fat notes and a very long aftertaste to boot. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2015 Domaine des Pasquiers, Cote du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. Alcohol 14.5%. This is a very dark, grapey red color. The familiar, deep flavor leans more towards red fruit than black and is supported by strong, very fine tannic structure and watering acidity. With air herbs and a bit of inkinesss come out. It is certainly very flavorful with a touch of compelling grip, lots of flavor, and a dense almost chocolate finish. *** Now – 2022.
2015 Domaine des Pasquiers, Cotes du Rhone Villages Sablet – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. Alcohol 14.5%. This wine plays it close with black fruited, powdery ripe flavor. There is extract and just the right amount of acidity. The very fine drying structure and wood notes indicate it needs a year or two for integration. The one distraction are fleeting flavors of raisins. **(*) 2018-2024.
2015 Domaine des Pasquiers, Gigondas – $25
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. Alcohol 14.5%. This blue fruited wine is strong in flavor and strong in structure. It is a dense, sexy with a modern personality of fat, minerals, and structure. The aftertaste is persistent. *** Now – 2027.
The 2015 Pierre Le Grand, Crozes-Hermitage must set a benchmark for dense flavor and strength when it comes to Crozes-Hermitage. Perhaps it is atypical for the region but the wine is attractively savory, textured, and lively from acidity. This is a lot to receive from a $20 Northern Rhone Syrah. Give it a try! This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2015 Pierre Le Grand, Crozes-Hermitage – $20
Imported by Misa Imports. This wine is 100% Syrah sources from 40 year old vines. Alcohol 13%. This is a dense, savory wine coupled with smooth edges. There is ripe texture made more engaging by the lively acidity. Though this wine has power it is still evocative of the Northern Rhone with its floral notes. *** Now – 2023.
Castiglion del Bosco produces several wines from Montalcino but also the flavorful Dainero from their vineyards in Riparbella. Located near Bolgheri, Riparbella is also an area conducive to the Bordeaux varieties. The 2013 Castiglion del Bosco, Dainero, Tuscany shows off as a successful blend of mostly Merlot with a touch of Sangiovese. It is ultimately quite tasty with the additional benefits of texture, almost lively acidity, and surprising depth. It is a well-priced wine worth checking out. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2013 Castiglion del Bosco, Dainero, Tuscany – $18
Imported by Maisons Marques & Domaines. This wine is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Sangiovese fermented in stainless steel then aged for 6 months in a combination of new and used oak. Alcohol 13%. Deep red flavors overlay minerals and bright black fruit. There is a good amount of acidity, almost bordering on lively, with texture and tang hitting the back of the mouth. The wine plays it close with structure and brightness to support further development. Development is no doubt possible because the wine has surprising depth to the pervasive, blue and black fruit flavors. *** Now – 2022.
With spring break winding down it is time to start posting again. Of good value and ripe for drinking is the 2015 Chateau Juvenal, Jolie, Cotes du Ventoux. This is a deep, black fruited wine with a mineral middle which keeps things in perspective. At $15 per bottle, this joint effort between Philippe Cambie and Chateau Juvenal, will please many people. We have already pulled the corks on two bottles! This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2015 Chateau Juvenal, Jolie, Cotes du Ventoux – $15
Misa Imports. This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah sourced from 50+ year old vines. Alcohol 15%. This is a youthful wine with deep fruitiness that conveys richness from red then powdery black fruit. Though rich with a smooth start, the wine becomes more focused with a mineral middle and dry finish. *** Now – 2019.
Envinate not only produces wines from the Canary Islands but from the mainland as well. When I first opened the 2015 Viticultores Emilio Ramirez y Envinate, Albahra, Almansa I was immediately reminded of Des Tours. This impression lasted for 15 minutes or so before the wine morphed from that ethereal ripeness to a dry, focused, mineral wine. It is definitely worth checking out this unique wine. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2015 Viticultores Emilio Ramirez y Envinate, Albahra, Almansa – $18
A Jose Pastor Selections imported by Llaurador Wines. This wine is 100% Grenache fermented and raised in cement. Alcohol 13.5%. This is a textured, lively wine which begins with ethereal ripe flavors. With air it becomes a dry, focused, mineral wine to drink over the next few years. *** Now – 2020.
Fratelli Alessandria has produced a Barbera d’Alba from “slimy limestone” soils since 1968, though the family has owned the winery since the 19th century. The current 2015 Fratelli Alessandria, Barbera d’Alba is a lively, tangy wine that provides good fun. After a small period of breathing it comes into its own offering flavors from tangy red fruit to blue and black by the finish. There is structure for short-term development but the acidity will make you want to drink it this year. This is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2015 Fratelli Alessandria, Barbera d’Alba – $16
Imported by The Country Vintner. This wine is 100% Barbera sourced from 20 year old vines. It was fermented stainless steel tanks then aged in a combination of stainless steel and cement. Alcohol 14.5%. There is lively, tangy fruit, spices and mineral. The acidity is immediately attractive. The wine quickly opens up with air. The bright entry brings tannins, red fruit, and a minerally tang then the wine morphs to a blue and black fruited middle. *** Now – 2019.
The 2013 Vigneto Due Santi, Zonta, Breganze is a unique wine in that the fruit comes from vineyards located on volcanic soils in the north-east of Italy. This particular vintage is quite hefty. The nose eludes to rather ripe fruit and the flavors are packed in with an appealing amount of texture. I would let this age for a couple years then drink a glass or two with a hearty meal. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2013 Vigneto Due Santi, Zonta, Breganze – $22
Imported by Siema LLC. This wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc that was fermented in stainless steel tanks then underwent malolactic fermentation and 15-18 months of aging in new barrels. Alcohol 14.0%. The nose is packed with dense raisin and floral aromas backed by both underlying greenhouse and musk notes. In the mouth are similarly dense flavors of purple fruit, baking spices, and oak notes. This is a hefty wine with generous textured. The flavors are polished but it could stand another year or two of integration. *** Now 2018-2026.