The Northern Rhone

  • As good as it gets. Here is Josh Raynolds' review of the '11, not this wine: "Light gold.  An expressive bouquet evokes fresh citrus and orchard fruits, white flowers, ginger and smoky minerals.  Vibrant, penetrating and pure, offering sappy lemon curd, pear and quince flavors and a sexy honeysuckle nuance.  Lingers impressively on the finish, which echoes the floral and mineral notes.  The 2010 bottling of this wine, which I re-tasted this winter, has closed up a bit in the last year and is dominated by its mineral component right now.  I'd let it rest for a while longer, or at least decant it for an hour or so if I chose to drink it now." 93 points In stock.
  • Incredibly elegant and pure, as are all of the Vernay wines.  Christine''s improvements in red here are remarkable......From the lieux dits Lancement and Semons (above Corps de Loup), seriously good. Here is Josh Raynolds'' review of the 2010, not this wine: "Vivid ruby.  A complex, highly perfumed bouquet presents red berry liqueur, potpourri and smoky minerals, with a strong note of spicecake.  Sappy, penetrating raspberry and cherry-cola flavors show wonderful depth and pick up a smoky nuance with air.  Balances richness off vivacity on the strikingly persistent finish, which features silky tannins and a lingering floral quality." 93 points In stock.
  • Stunning stuff..... Josh Raynolds' review: "(40% new oak): Brilliant purple. A heady, complex bouquet evokes fresh red and dark berries, allspice, pipe tobacco and potpourri. Suave and sharply focused on the palate, offering intense blackberry liqueur and violet pastille flavors underscored by a zesty mineral quality. Supple tannins come up slowly, adding finishing grip and shape. This suave wine is surprisingly approachable now." 92 points In stock.
  • The '12s kick major ass. In stock. Josh Raynolds' review: "Youthful purple.  Complex aromas of candied blueberry, blackberry, smoky minerals and black pepper.  Rich, ripe and juicy on the palate, offering sappy dark berry flavors that pick up spiciness with air.  Expands nicely on the back end, finishing with very good clarity and juicy persistence." 91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck's review: "Looking first at the 2012s, the Cornas Granit 30 offers a gorgeous bouquet of spring flowers, liquid rock and assorted black and blue fruits in its stylish, perfumed and elegant style. Full-bodied, rich and still youthfully grapy, this pure, balanced and classically styled Cornas will benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 15-20 years. " 92-95 points
  • As good as it gets......this will age impeccably. In stock.
  • As good as it gets. Here is Josh Raynolds'' review: "Light, bright yellow. The nose displays vibrant, mineral-dominated citrus and orchard fruit aromas, along with suggestions of violet, blonde tobacco and orange zest. Stains the palate with fresh Meyer lemon, pear and peach flavors lifted by a spicy gingery nuance. Pure, sharply focused Condrieu with outstanding clarity and lingering mineral and floral notes. " 93 points In stock.
  • Cofermented with a small amount of Viognier, the entry level Cote Rotie from Vernay is class in a glass. The '13 vintage is perfect for the Vernay sensibility, favoring precision and delicacy over raw power/concentration. This will evolve beautifully!!! Here is Josh Raynolds' review: "Bright violet. Focused, high-pitched black raspberry and floral scents are complemented by suggestions of smoky minerals and Asian spices. Juicy and energetic on the palate; alluringly sweet red and dark berry liqueur flavors are given zesty lift and spine by tangy acidity and a repeating mineral note. Smooth, slow-building tannins shape the impressively persistent, spice-tinged finish. This elegant wine should be approachable on the young-ish side but has the depth and balance to age." 93 points In stock.
  • Stunning stuff..... Josh Raynolds' review : "Glass-staining ruby. Spice-accented black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by olive paste, licorice and incense notes. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense boysenberry and cherry cola flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Combines richness and vivacity and shows a surprisingly lithe character for its heft. Fine-grained tannins build steadily on the floral, spice-accented finish, which hangs on with outstanding tenacity." 93 points In stock.
  • From vines that sit ABOVE the Condrieu appellation limits, this is a Condrieu in all but name and $$.  One of the best values in the appellation, every year. DAMN GOOD! (JUST FINISHED A BOTTLE) Here is Josh Raynolds' review of the 2012, not the '13 offered here: "Green-tinged yellow. High-pitched aromas of fresh citrus fruits, green apple, jasmine and ginger. Stony and precise on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering juicy orange and pear flavors and a touch of peach nectar. Emphatically fruity wine with strong finishing cut and lingering floral character. This wine could easily pass for Condrieu, and a good one at that." 90 points In stock.
  • The southern neighbor to les Grandes Places, le Plomb is a friendlier to farm high elevation plateau of sorts, most prestigiously known as a large holding for Jamet and Rostaing. This too is a mica-schist dominant site, with SSE exposure. I haven't yet tasted this '14, but I do have reason believe that Raynolds' reviews are exactly opposite, with this being the more implosive and structured of the two bottlings....it will be fun to compare them to decide for ourselves! This is a far smaller production, so please keep that in mind in making your requests. (I don't know how much I will be able to secure...) "Bright violet. Expansive, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh black and blue fruits, potpourri and vanilla. Supple and sweet on the palate, offering intense dark berry liqueur flavors underscored by a smoky mineral quality. Much more approachable and fruit-driven than the Montmain bottling, finishing with excellent power and length and smooth, slow-building tannins." 92 points Josh Raynolds for the 2013 vintage, NOT THE '14 OFFERED HERE
  • The 40% pitch of Montmain and its pure mother rock soil are quintessential Côte Brune territory, farmed by fellow producers Cusel Roch and Stephane Ogier, among others. On the Côte Rôtie map symbol coded by rock type, this parcel along with its southern neighbor les Grandes Places is one of the most mother rock dominated sites of the entire appellation. This was the parcel that his uncle cleared and replanted himself to create the estate. Approximately 500 cases are produced per year. I've included Josh Raynolds' impression of the 2013, although based on various input (cellartracker too), I have a feeling that maybe Josh confused his review of the two wines. In '14, for example, the Montmain is more "approachable and fruit-driven" than the more tightly coiled le Plomb.... "Saturated ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of cherry pit, cassis and licorice, with a suave floral overtone. On the palate, chewy dark berry and violet pastille flavors become spicier and livelier with air. Youthfully firm tannins give shape to the lingering smoky finish. Give this unevolved, slow-to-open but promising wine some bottle age." 90+ points Josh Raynolds for the 2013 vintage, NOT THE '14 OFFERED HERE