After a long hiatus taken by the Girls & Grapes group, our gaggle of gals brought it back together this past week to review the Rhone and a few of its surrounding areas.
Attached is the much anticipated list of wine reviews with tasting notes, price-points, values, and pairings. Catch ‘em while they’re hot and (as always) take our suggestions ALL at your own risk. Salut!
Sud de France Picpoul de Pinet - Languedoc-Roussillon
Best Buck for Buck!
Crisp, green apple, fresh, lively – lovely!! An excellent value for approx. $12 on the shelf.
Sud de France Reserve de la Saurine Rosé – Vin de Pays du Gard, France
Sour cherry, watermelon, basil. We love this and it’s only $9 on the shelf!
Prima Donna Tavel Rosé – S Rhone
Alcohol, cherry chapstick, no bueno – we no likey.
Domaine des Remizières Crozes Hermitage (white) - N Rhone
Grapes: Marsanne, Roussanne
Lemon Curd, the toasted nut notes to this wine make it a lovely pairing to this pinenut cous cous we’re having (from Surdyks) – great food wine!
Domaine Durand Cornas (Syrah) – N Rhone
Big, massive -Tar, smoke, blkberry, blk pepper, dust, and tastes a bit charred. We’re okay with it, but at the same time, it’s a bit massive and obtrusive.
La Domeliére Rasteau (Dry Grenache) – S Rhone
$20 We love, love, love!! Supple, spicy, strawberry, pretty- amazing with Surdyk’s pickled beets!
Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape (2005)
- S Rhone
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
Christmas spice, clove, mace, all spice – violet. We love this!! This is the winner so far!! On the shelf for approx. $60
Meaty, smokey, organic smelling, Big Red Cinnamon finish, tannin, sileage – big ass balls!!! We could drink the H-E-Double Hockey Stick out of this!!!
We guessed Hermitage, Crozes Hermitage, Cote Rotie
A perfect pairing to our greek seasoned grilled lamb chops!!
Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage – N Rhone
White pepper, blkberry, boysenberry ihop syrup, pencil shavings – we think carbonic maceration (bubble gum)
Not expecting this! 100% Syrah We do not likey this!! Not worth the $30 on the shelf.
GJ Syrah , Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes (2010) - N Rhone
A Girls and Grapes Best Buy!
Smells like green and spicy and pokey!
‘What the hell is a nettle anyways?’ Lil Lindz. This wine screams it!
White pepper, cranberry. Barnyard and husky farmy but slightly muted.
Actual juice is a St Joseph Syrah “What?, It’s a Vin de Pays!” $18 – We think this is a steal!! Everyday drinking Syrah-This is an outstanding Bang for your Buck!!
Clos de L’Oratoire Châterauneuf-du-Pape (2007) – S Rhone
Stinky, smells a bit maderized – raspberry, cranberry- cooked – massive vintage
Peppery, cinnamon stick. Wine feels clumsy. Smells bourbon-y.
Oh boy, this is a story of Texas girls vs. Midwestern girls
WE (as Midwestern girls) are German Rieslings!!! We are meant to go the distance. This wine is NOT.
Of course this is a CDP!!! Worst bang for our buck – $50
Pierre Amadieu Vacqueyras ‘La Grangeliere’ (Grenache/Cinsault) – S Rhone
Strawberry, rhubarb, scallion, minty – Allison says ‘Excellent structure!’
Feels grippy but the girls like it. Leslee no likey. Leslee says ‘Too green and abrasive for Grenache.’
We’re all indifferent about the wine.
Féraud – Brunel Rasteau - S Rhone
Barnyardy- ‘It’sparticularly funky in the mouth’ Macha says… ‘It’s horsey!’
Not alotta fruit there… we need more suppleness. We think it’s very bret-y.
Grenache – We’re not sure we like it. Not a good buy for $28
Auriola Châteauneuf-du-Pape - S Rhone
Tastes bacterial again. Fruit is missing. Raw Manure. ‘Feels like an O in the middle?’ – Does this wine have life??
Fruit is high toned – yet, barnyard still. Tart tart cherries. Smoke. Char. Sour cherry. Nope, we’re not a fan.