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Archive for the " Rhone Wine Tasting Notes & Ratings " Category

International Grenache Day Celebration September 19

Friday September 19, 2014 is International Grenache Day. That means it's time to pop a cork on a Grenache based wine you have been saving for something special. Not that you should need International Grenache Day to open a bottle of wine. I know I don't. By the way, September 19 is not only for International Grenache Da [...]

2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines Offer Nice Surprises

The 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape harvest is in full bloom. Growers are picking all over the Southern Rhone Valley. The conditions for picking have been good so far. It's been sunny and warm until recently in Chateauneuf du Pape. Some rain started to fall which turned into a minor rain storm as gorwoers were close to finishin [...]

2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition Regular Cuvees Already Showing Well

2012 Chateauneuf is a good, but not great vintage. The style of wines however, is a turn on. They are not massive, super ripe, highly alcoholic or intensely tannic, concentrated wines. Instead, they are lush, elegant charmers with good color that will drink well young. There is a freshness and purity in the fruit that r [...]

2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines

I have a confession to make. I’m an unabashed lover of Chateauneuf du Pape. There, I said it. And I am proud of it! If you’re also a fan of wines from the Southern Rhone Valley, you’re in luck. With the exception of 2002, it’s been really difficult to find a vintage from the last several years that has not produc [...]

2011 Chateauneuf du Pape a Drinkers Vintage

Variety is the spice of life. At least that’s how I see it. The variances in vintage signatures is proof of that. Each vintage carries its own unique character, personality and allure. Of course there are vintages that require time in the cellar for the tannins to meld and allow the wines to develop secondary charact [...]

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines With Philippe Cambie

Make no mistake, 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is a great vintage for the region! Is it best vintage for the Southern Rhone of all time? Perhaps that is a reasonable conclusion. Before arriving at that point, it’s important to consider what goes into making a great vintage. Having tasted more than 100 different 2010 Ch [...]

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition and Classique Wines

I'm not exactly late to the party. We published an article extolling the virtues of 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape back in March, 2012. However, that article was based on a small sample base. Until recently, I was not fully aware of how great 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape wines really are. That is no longer the case. Following an [...]