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Red
10/26/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
92 points
Still an infant with so much potential. My suggestion is to hold off popping the cork for a minimum of 3-4 years from now.
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Red
6/12/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
94 points
The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance is a total stunner. This effort exudes a flashy fruit-forward bouquet of mulberry, plum and black raspberry that's laced together with nuances of vanilla bean. There's seductive concentration of fruit and a sense of roundness in the mouth, along with incredible mid-palate depth and a persistent finish that continues to please. So good now, but ideally give this beauty another couple years in the cellar and then enjoy over the coming decade.
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Red
5/28/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
93 points
Prat Sura's 2015 Vacqueyras is a homerun effort composed of 60% Grenache and 60% Syrah. This expressive cuvée opens with red cherry, plum and raspberry aromas intermixed with black licorice, nutmeg and clove. The full-bodied palate shows fantastic concentration and structure, along with a finish that refuses to abate. A fantastic wine that can be enjoyed now and over the coming decade.
Red
5/28/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
93 points
The 2015 Gigondas Les Racines is an impeccably classy wine that delivers the goods. Red cherry, dried blueberry, clove, and pine resin make for an appealing and aromatic bouquet. There's stellar balance and fine tannins in this medium-to-full-bodied effort, accompanied by a lengthy finish built on a core of persistent red fruit, spice and subtle minerality. This beauty should cellar optimally for up to a decade.
Red
5/24/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
92 points
The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Pieds Dans Les Galets Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 60% Grenache Noir, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah that wows right out of the gates with its expressive aromatics of red cherry, black pepper, and dried herbs. Pure red fruit is infused with spicy, peppery nuances in the mouth, and there is fantastic concentration of flavor yet still the sensation of a wine that's light on its feet. Dangerously drinkable now, and should continue to evolve gracefully for the coming 7-8 years.
Red
5/23/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
91 points
The 2015 Vacqueyras Cuvée des Templiers (50% Grenache & 50% Syrah) impresses with its stellar balance and sense of freshness. Crushed raspberry, blackberry, black pepper and dried herbs protrude on both the nose and in the mouth, and there is good structure and impressive length. This tasty effort can be enjoyed now and in the coming 5-6 years.
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Red
5/23/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
91 points
The 2016 Les Vignes de Mon Père is an intriguing blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah that exudes a sexy bouquet of plum, blackcurrant, violet, fig, cinnamon and dill. There's spectacular depth to the juicy black fruit and spice that manifest on the palate, and a creamy full-bodied texture. Hard to beat at this price. I loved it!
Red
5/17/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
90 points
The 2016 Domaine Rogue is a steal at this price point. It offers up an array of beautifully ripe fruit as well as assorted spices, and there's an alluring silky and rounded mouthfeel on the palate accompanied by a buffet of seductive sweet fruit. Pop the cork on this crowd-pleaser now or over the next 3-4 years.
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Red
5/17/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
90 points
The 2015 Les Perrottes is a delicious cuvée made up of 65% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 5% Carignan. Blackberry, blueberry, plum, baking spice and crushed black pepper soar from the the glass in this medium-bodied, well-proportioned effort. Brooding dark spice-laced fruit and tapenade come into the fold on the palate, alongside chewy tannins and good acidity. Approachable now, and should continue to thrive for the next 3-4 years.
Red
5/17/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
89 points
The 2016 Costières-de-Nîmes Les Grès is a lovely showing. Hard red candy, spice, cherry liqueur, caper and bay leaf blend together to comprise an exotic nose and there is impressive structure and balance in the mouth. A tasty red for near-term drinking.
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Red
5/16/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
95 points
The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (100% Grenache) is superb. Aromatics evolve in the glass with air, alternating between raspberry, strawberry, orange zest and then with intriguing peppermint and eucalyptus notes that take the complexity to the next level. The tannins are fine-grained and sweet fruit and spice reign on the palate in this full-bodied beauty, and the wine finishes with mind-blowing length and depth. A home run of a Châteauneuf that's built for the long haul!
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Red
5/16/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
89 points
The 2016 Costières-de-Nîmes Cuvée Tradition is a tasty cuvée (half Grenache and half Syrah) that exudes blackberry, cherry liqueur, black pepper and cocoa powder in a bouquet that blossoms with air. Concentrated dark fruit and grippy tannins emerge on the palate upon a creamy, full-bodied frame. At $10 this is an absolute steal that can be enjoyed within the next 4-5 years.
Red
5/15/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
79 points
The 2015 Vacqueyras is disjointed and rough around the edges. The nose is made up of off-putting wet dog hair aromas, dry tobacco, earth, and subtle red fruit aromas. The palate is lacking in proportion with grippy tannins and acidity taking center stage and fruit that's hardly discernible. I will try to get my hands on another bottle to determine whether this bottle was the exception vs. the rule!
Red
5/14/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
89 points
The 2015 Lirac is composed of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre and is endowed with notable purity and ripe fruit. Notes of kirsch, blueberry and strawberry are interwoven with hints of garrigue and earth. This round, medium-bodied Lirac can be enjoyed now and in the coming 5-6 years.
Red
5/13/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
95 points
The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Piedlong (90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre) is a wine of contrasts. On one hand it is full-bodied and impresses with its intense concentration of flavor, and on the other manages to feel light on its with superb acidity that imparts energy, freshness, and overall balance. The nose is beautifully pronounced, showing traces of raspberry, blueberry, rose petal, red licorice and spice. This is a knockout effort that can be enjoyed now or cellared for the coming 12-14 years.
Red
5/8/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
90 points
This impressive 2016 Côtes du Rhône is 100% Grenache and hails from 30+ year old vines. Ripe cherry and strawberry, blackberry, sage, licorice, and assorted spice meld together in a sexy bouquet. Super smooth and glossy in texture, it shows delightfully pure fruit and balance in the mouth. This entry level offering form Domaine La Manarine offers ridiculous quality for the money and should be bought in bulk!
Red
5/7/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
94 points
The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is entirely Grenache-based and is another home run wine from Clos St Antonin. There is stellar complexity in the nose, with heaps of ripe red and black fruit, spice, licorice, white pepper and crushed herbs radiating from the glass. There's a full-bodied, silky texture in the mouth, outstanding balance, and large doses of sweet fruit that persist on the everlasting finish. This wine is a testament to one of the differentiating hallmarks of 2016 in that it offers up exuberant fruit yet in no way fees overdone thanks to the balancing act of abundant acidity.
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Red
5/7/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
92 points
The 2016 Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu is a seductive wine that showcases the ripeness of this vintage and over-delivers for its price point. Wild blueberry, dark cherry liqueur, blackcurrant, and cacao nib flesh out in an aromatic bouquet that gives way to a well-proportioned palate teeming with concentrated fruit and spice nuances that endure in the drawn out finish. A wine to buy by the case that can be enjoyed now and for the coming 5-6 years.
Red
5/6/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
88 points
The 2016 Côtes du Rhône is a solid entry level offering from Clos St Antonin that brims with maraschino-laced red fruit and smoky tobacco nuances that impart complexity. This medium-bodied effort shows round tannins and impressive length. Enjoy it over the next few years.
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Red
4/30/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
97 points
The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is a head-turning seductress. For starters, the wine is endowed with a remarkably perfumed bouquet that captures the very essence of intensity and complexity, exuding a medley of ripe red and black fruit, vanilla bean, mocha, black licorice, and assorted baking spices. There's a satiny texture in the mouth, superb concentration, and a finish that simply refuses to relent. It's off-the-charts delicious now, but if I had this in my cellar I'd hold for a couple more years and then enjoy over for the long-haul.
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Red
4/30/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
87 points
The 2017 Côtes du Rhône Belleruche is predominately Grenache and Syrah and was aged for six months in concrete vats and stainless steel tanks. This classic, tasty red offers up a primary nose of red fruit, spice and anise. I originally scored this 84 points on day 1, but continued to taste 24 and 48 hours out and it continued to blossom, gaining additional depth of fruit and mid-palate volume. Be sure to give this young Côtes du Rhône plenty of air.
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Red
4/30/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
92 points
The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vendange is another contender for top wine in this lineup. There's a sexy bouquet comprised of red cherry, blueberry, dark chocolate, black licorice and vanilla, and in the mouth the wine reveals an incredibly concentrated mid-palate that burgeons and persists into a delightfully elongated finish. Fairly approachable now, but should continue to flourish for the next decade.
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Red
4/30/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
91 points
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the 2016 Vacqueyras Le Rif is yet another great value from La Ferme du Mont. This showing displays traces of blackberry, raspberry, clove and vanilla, and a full-bodied texture with chewy tannins. Loving this now, and suspect it will continue to evolve gracefully for the next 6-7 years.
Red
4/29/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
92 points
The 2016 Gigondas Jugunda is one of my favorite wines in this lineup and possesses the most elegance of the bunch. It reveals aromatics of dark berry fruit, spice, tobacco and a touch of minerality followed by notable dryness that strikes on the mid-palate and endures into the finish. There's compelling acidity that imparts freshness, energy, and a cellaring capacity of roughly 7-8 years. A lot of wine for the money!
Red
4/29/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
90 points
The 2016 Côtes du Rhône Villages Le Ponnant is another phenomenal value from La Ferme du Mont. Plum, blackberry, black pepper and garrigue unfurl in the glass and give way to a frame that is impressively structured and well-proportioned for a Côtes du Rhône at this price point. Delicious now, and ideally consumed within the next 3-4 years.
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Red
4/29/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
88 points
The 2016 Côtes du Rhône Premiere Cote is made up of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre and exhibits a nose of strawberry, maraschino cherry, violet and spice. Copious amounts of sweet red fruit emerge on the palate alongside fine-grained tannins. This is a fantastic wine for those in search of a bargain ideal for up-front drinking.
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Red
4/29/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
88 points
The 2016 Côtes du Rhône emanates a lovely perfume revealing notes of raspberry, pine needle, and forest floor. There is an up-front aging potential of 1-3 years for this delicious, medium-bodied and well-balanced red.
Red
4/29/2019 - Vintopia Likes this wine:
88 points
The 2016 Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu exhibits aromas of red cherry and garrigue intermixed with black pepper and espresso bean. This well-made, medium-bodied red offers an inviting round texture on the palate and solid length on the finish. Ideal for drinking over the next few years.
Red
4/26/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
87 points
The 2015 Let Petit Martin is a straight forward red for everyday drinking that's ideal for accompanying food. A prominent nose of dried herb and spice precedes the wine's high-acid, refreshing characteristics on the palate. Enjoy this entry-level wine in the next 3 years.
Red
4/26/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
92 points
The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Domaine La Manarine is composed of 100% Grenache Noir and is simply a lights out wine. There's an enticing bouquet of bright red cherry, raspberry, fennel, and baking spice, and phenomenal balance and roundness in the mouth. The sense of seamlessness and proportion here makes this Châteauneuf such a joy to drink - don't miss it!
Red
4/25/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
87 points
The 2015 Côtes du Rhône Village Plan de Dieu Les Terres Saintes showcases blackberry, raspberry, pepper and a distinct garrigue character. This easy-drinking and well-made red is crafted atop a medium-bodied frame, and should be consumed over the coming 3-4 years.
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Red
4/25/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
90 points
The 2016 Séguret imparts a fragrant bouquet of violet, blueberry, white pepper and plum notes that are expressive and well-defined. This showing has a silky texture, notable depth, and is endowed with rich and ripe fruit that is satisfyingly concentrated and endures on the wine's elongated finish.
Red
4/25/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
88 points
The 2015 Séguret is more aromatic and possesses riper fruit versus the standard Côtes du Rhône offerings in this lineup. Black cherry, blueberry, pomegranate and raspberry are some of the standout characteristics that emerge from the glass, and on the palate the wine gains additional complexity with dark chocolate manifesting on the finish. This effort is open for business now and should drink nicely for the next 5 years.
Red
4/25/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
86 points
Domaine Malmont's 2015 Côtes du Rhône has light but well-delineated aromas of marachino cherry, plum, clove and a subtle herbal quality. The palate shows good acidity that slightly overshadows the dark fruit and spice flavors. This wine offers early drinking pleasure and can be enjoyed over the next three years.
Red
4/25/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
87 points
The 2016 Côtes du Rhône exhibits a nose of blackberry, crushed rose petal, thyme cherry liqueur. There's a bit more depth of fruit in this showing to counterbalance the wines acidity vs. the 2015, and a smooth mouthfeel that's contributed to by fine-grained tannins. Consume in the coming 3-4 years.
White
4/23/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
86 points
Domaine Malmont's 2017 Séguret Blanc is decidedly light on its feet and will leave you feeling refreshed. Expressive aromas of lemon, green apple skin and orange marmalade are nicely delineated in the bouquet and on the palate the wine is weightless and impresses with its sense of proportion. Enjoy this easygoing white in the coming 2-3 years.
Red
4/23/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
89 points
The 2015 Domaine de Cassan Tradition unfurls with Provencal notes of red cherry, violet, blackberry and garrigue. The mid-palate reveals ripe fruit that heirs on the darker side of the spectrum and the wine finishes smooth and long. A tasty red to imbibe in the coming 4-5 years.
Red
4/23/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
87 points
The 2012 Félibrige is a well-made and straight forward wine from Domaine de Cassan that can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years. Blackberry, plum, licorice and red fruit tones flesh out in the glass in this light-on-its-feet and well-balanced effort.
Red
4/23/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
86 points
The 2014 St. Christophe is well-crafted, and while exhibiting no immediate flaws the fruit flavors on the palate are understated and overcome by the wine's acid. This results is a strong sense of dryness. It is a lean effort that offers aromas of wild flowers, mint and smoke and is meant for near-term drinking over the next 3 years.
Red
4/23/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
91 points
Domaine de la Brunély's 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape offers an enticing nose of tremendous complexity, with nuances of blackberry, red licorice, clove, cocoa powder, fennel and baking spice shifting in the glass. On the palate the wine is tight and has intense, grippy tannins that will need time to round out in the bottle. Lay this big beauty down for another 2-3 years and enjoy for the next decade.
Red
4/23/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
93 points
The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a total crowd-pleaser and dangerously easy to drink. An expressive bouquet of crushed raspberry, red cherry, clove and fennel emerge atop of a medium-bodied frame. There is noteworthy balance and a silky and inviting mouthfeel in this offering, which can be enjoyed now or in the coming 7-8 years.
Red
4/22/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
90 points
The 2014 Lirac Baron Louis opens with a delineated nose of red cherry, strawberry, rosemary, lavender and baking spice. I love the rich fruit in this showing because it shows tremendous purity and concentration. There's an impeccable sense of balance and a finish that lingers. At this price-point - a steal!
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Red
4/22/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
91 points
Château de Montfaucon's 2011 Monsieur Le Baron is in a fantastic place in its drinking trajectory, and manages to provide outstanding concentration and depth of fruit without forgoing a sense of freshness. It's endowed with notes of blackberry, plum, violet and bramble as well as round tannins and a texture that is seductively velvety in the mouth. Very good now, but should continue to drink well for the next 6-7 years.
Red
4/22/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
88 points
The 2015 Côtes du Rhône reveals spice-laced red fruit and small traces of game. While a bit lacking in structure, this entry-level mid-weight offering impressed me with its complexity which continued to mount given a couple hours of air exposure in the glass.
Red
4/22/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
88 points
The 2015 Lirac is an easygoing wine that can be enjoyed in the coming 3-4 years. Ripe cherry, redcurrant, chocolate, crushed herbs and cinnamon nuances emerge from this medium-bodied and well-balanced red. Similar to the Côtes du Rhône, but with a bit more weight on the palate.
Red
4/22/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
85 points
The 2015 Les Gardettes is an acid-drive wine that is optimal for casual drinking and best suited for consumption sooner rather than later. Layers of red fruit, rose petal and a touch of black pepper unfold in this exceptionally dry and sharp effort. This is a wine that begs to be enjoyed with food given its intense acidity.
Red
4/19/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
90 points
Vidal-Fleury's 2015 Vacqueyras is made up of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Mourvèdre. Blueberry, black cherry, dried herbs and violet emerge from this finely crafted cuvée, and in the mouth there is notable depth of flavor and additional complexity that emerges via spice and minerality. I suggest drinking this tasty red now or anytime within the next six years.
Red
4/19/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
90 points
The 2015 Gigondas impresses with its impeccable balance and aromatic prominence. This blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre flaunts a beautiful bouquet of wild strawberry, crushed raspberry, potpourri and garrigue. Its medium-to-full bodied frame is bolstered by lively acidity and sweet, concentrated red fruit and spice. This effort is drinking nicely now and should continue to do so for the next 5-6 years.
Red
4/10/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
89 points
The 2015 Côtes du Rhône from Vidal-Fleury is an enticing red that showcases the stellar balance of this vintage. Wild raspberry, bramble, rose petal and tar elements intermingle to impart attractive fragrance that gains nuance with air. Round and approachable tannins are in perfect harmony with this medium-bodied wine's alcohol and lively acidity.
Red
4/10/2019 - Vintopia wrote:
86 points
The 2015 Ventoux emits red fruit aromas with small traces of minerality and pipe tobacco poking through around the edges. Tart and fairly dry on the palate, this is a food-friendly wine that is best consumed over the next few years.
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