Friday, April 1, 2011

Notes from a Rhone Valley Wine Tasting

2008 Domaine Mucyn Crozes Hermitage Blanc (100% Marsanne)
Appearance: Clear, light gold
Nose: Pronounced aromas of ripe honeydew melon, floral-lavender, herbal-garrigue
Palate: Dry, medium body, -medium acidity; Melon flavor with minerality
Length: medium
Quality: Very Good    Price: $17

2007 Domaine Rabasse Charavin Cote du Rhone Blanc "Laure"
(Grenache blanc / Bourboulenc)
Appearance: Clear, medium lemon
Nose: Light floral aromas with pear
Palate: Dry, medium body, medium acidity; Tart citrus and green apple
Length: short
Quality: Good+    Price: $11

2007 Domaine de Font Sane Gigondas "Tradition"
Appearance: Clear, medium ruby
Nose: Medium intense aromas of raspberry, blackberry, black tea, dried leaves
Palate: Dry, medium body, tannins and acidity; Sage, raspberry with a hint of tar
Length: Medium+
Quality: Very good    Price: $24

2006 Rabasse Charavin Cotes du Rhone Villages "Les Cailloux"
Appearance: Clear, medium ruby
Nose: Medium intense aromas of menthol, violets, cedar, cherry
Palate: Dry, medium body, tannins and acidity; spiced cherry, vanilla
Length: medium
Quality: Good+  Price: $15

2002 Delas St Joseph "Tournon"
Appearance: Clear, medium ruby with a garnet rim
Nose: Pronounced aromas of leather, smoke, red fruit, bit of earthiness
Palate: Dry, medium body, tannins and acidity; Raspberry, cherry, pepper, bit of savoriness
Length: Short+
Quality: Good+   Price: $20

2000 Delas Hermitage "Marquis de la Tourette"
Appearance: Clear, medium ruby with a garnet rim
Nose: Medium intense aromas of dry hay, damp earth and cocoa
Palate: Dry, medium body, tannins and acidity;
Length: short
Quality: -good    Price: $70