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April 18th, 2009
2006 Ramonet Batard Montrachet: 96 Pts starting at $199.99
"Tightly packed, yet also expressive this white features hazelnut, lime, white flowers, peach, spice and mineral aromas and flavors. It’s well put together, intense and very long on the finish."
2006 Domaine Jean Grivot Richemourg: 95 Pts starting at $400.00
"Excellent purity and depth highlight the aromas and flavors in this reserved, aristocratic red. Concentrated flavors of cherry, currant, mineral and spice play out on the dense texture, and the fine, ripe tannins and long finish reveal its potential for aging."
2006 Bachelet Monnot Batard Montrachet: 94 Pts starting at $136.96
"Stealthy in its attack, with pineapple, grapefruit, vanilla and stone flavors unfolding to a long, vibrant conclusion. It has intensity and a firm underlying structure matched to a straight profile. Excellent length."
2006 Louis Jadot Corton Greves: 94 Pts starting at $61.99
"Pure and expressive, offering raspberry, red currant and wild berry aromas and flavors, mingled with mineral and spice. It’s elegant and well toned, with intensity and drive. The tannins add support
and length to the berry and spice aftertaste."
Wall Street Journal
Grenache Enters the Spotlight
Long considered just for blending, the grape is getting new life in bold wines by American vintners
April 18th, 2009
By Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher
2004 Alder Grenache starting at $19.84
"Marvelous, intense nose of strawberries and raspberries. Tight and streamlined, without much weight, and a real brightness about it. Pure and intense."
2007 Tensley Wine Grenache starting at $29.99
"More approachable than many, with great fruit, some herbs in a round, easy-to-drink package.
SF Chronicle - The Chronicle Recommends: Red Languedoc
Sunday, April 19th, 2009 by Lynne Char Bennett
2006 Chateau d' Aussieres Corbieres Rouge starting at $10.97
"This chateau - a collaboration between Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Domaines Listel since 1999 - is considered by some to have been one of the great Roman-era estates. Its vineyards are now planted to Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Carignane. Elegant with well-fruited aromas of red cherry-berry and subtle oak; bolder, moderately full-bodied palate and smooth tannins."
2005 Domaine Sainte-Eugenie Corbieres Rouge starting at $10.99
"This domaine's wine region - the Fontfroide district - has an 800-year history of viticulture. This wine is made from free-run juice, which is vinified by varietal, blended, then aged for up to 15 months in small oak casks. Initial red raspberry and loam aromas open up to include red cherry and touch of leather; bright palate follows nose; soft tannins. Forty percent old-vine Carignane with 30 percent each Grenache and Syrah."
2006 Domaine de l'Hortus Bergerie Classique de l'Hortus Pic Saint-Loup starting at $9.99
"This bottling contains fruit from a vineyard surrounded by wild herbs and pine trees and located at the foot of Hortus mountain, which inspired the name. With the estate's purchase in 1970, producer Jean Orliac began the replanting his 50 acres. Light red fruit and clean, sweet black cherry nose with a tart palate that will take on a medium-rare burger. 60 percent Syrah, 30 Grenache and 10 Mourvedre."