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Rhone Valley - French Wines


The river lends its name to one of the most picturesque as well as productive wine regions in France. Most of the Rhône’s southern journey takes it through hot and dry country, and because the grapes receive a maximum amount of sun, vintages vary less than in many other fine French wine regions. The wines tend to be full-flavored: Reds are robust and alcoholic and the best need time to mature. As could be predicted for such a warm region, the whites are less important, just 4 percent of production. They tend to be full-bodied, floral and have a lush texture from lowish acidity. The lively, stylish rosés are among the best in France.

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The Rhône wine region in France is divided into north and south. The Northern Rhone produces Syrah based reds and pure Viognier whites. The Southern Rhone produces Châteauneuf-du-Pape and other blends from several varieties. The first cultivated vines were likely planted in 600 BC.

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This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savory white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.2009: 90 Points - Josh Raynolds, Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellars: "(Roughly half syrah and half  more
Sku: 006267


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Cornas is the fabled 100-percent Syrah-based Rhône Valley wine with legions of fans—and stratospheric prices. This “baby” Cornas is a Côtes du Rhône made with 100 percent Syrah rather than the usual Côtes du Rhône blend and is made by a Cornas ... more
Sku: 041696


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A sleeper of the vintage, the 2010 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Lises is an outstanding, as well as reasonably priced, effort exhibiting plenty of dense black currant fruit, licorice, roasted herb, new saddle leather and spice box characteristics. ... more
Sku: 033507


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The 2010 La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits the rare combination of unbridled power and freshness, minerality and abundant aromatics. A well-made, delicious red, with blueberry, boysenberry, black raspberry fruit, some background wood smoke, and  more
Sku: P58355


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Half Bottle 2009: 90 Points - Josh Raynolds, Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellars: "Vivid ruby. Complex aromas of red and dark berries, Indian spices and violet, with slow-building smokiness. Taut and focused on  more
Sku: 100147


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The Offerus project started with the 1995 vintage. As the appellation of St. Joseph has expanded in size over the past few years, Jean-Louis' goal was to search out small domains from the heart of the appellation, with values reflecting those which ... more
Sku: 024879


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  Sku: P58651


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Slightly richer and more full-bodied, the 2011 Cornas Vieilles Vignes is certainly a standout in the vintage. Offering a sweet bouquet of black raspberry, cassis, forest floor, cracked pepper and assorted background meatiness, it flows onto the ... more
Sku: P57640


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  Sku: 113502


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Have you ever heard of the expression, “a wine tasted of a particular place”? That's what this wine did, and the place it expressed is the Northern Rhone. Helfenbien La Syrah is the real deal, with an Old World classic texture free from any flab. ... more
Sku: 057664


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  Sku: 057422


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  Sku: 052311


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Deep dark colour with purplish tints. Rich nose of red and ripe fruits with vanilla, grilled and spicy notes. The palate is rich and generous with strong but silky tannins. Good length, full-bodied and persistent. Racy and attractive wine. Great ... more
Sku: 052273


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  Sku: 050426


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Intensely Flavored, with green olive flavors overlaying big, black fruit. Great acidity. A big ... more
Sku: 045105


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