I’ve really been getting into blends.’ A phrase I often hear, and I wonder why? Blending of various varietals has been a norm in winemaking since before the Greeks! 99.9% of Bordeaux wines are blends, and how about the Southern Rhone with its holy trinity of grenache, syrah and mourvèdre?! Yet why is it that I keep hearing this phrase. Why does the concept seem novel? Let’s take a quick look.
The past 3 years have been some of the best vintages to date in almost any region; Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Washington, Oregon and so forth, but only a few have had outstanding vintages both in 2009 and 2010, the Rhone happens to be one of them. Some of the best wines, since 2007, have been recently released and if you follow ratings or don’t, it doesn’t matter because the quality is in the glass. Rich, dense, structured, firm, age-worthy and balanced are just a few of the descriptors when reviewing the wines from these vintages, but act fast because it will all be sold before you know it. So take advantage of the wines from these vintages whether they are inexpensive and ready to drink now, or expensive and meant to be drunk years down the road, because nothing good ever lasts. Continue reading Cotes-du-Rhone 2009 & 2010- Buy Them While You Can!!
Join us for our 2nd Annual Harvest Tasting on Saturday, October 22 & 29. As usual there will be over 50 bottles of wine open at each tasting ranging from the light and ever so fun sparkling wines to the dark and robust, full-bodied reds. Bring family and friends, as long as they’re 21, and come have fun with us. Finger-food will be available!!