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Buyer of: Rhone Wines, Single Malt Scotch

Paul’s introduction to fine wine was as a recent college graduate back in 1985 with the heralded release of 1982 Bordeaux. His interest then expanded to California wine, then to Australian and Chilean wines, before going back to Europe and discovering the wines of Italy, Spain and the rest of France. Paul has been in the wine business since 2001, first working for a small importer and then in retail. At 67Wine, he manages the website, and also serves as the buyer for Rhone Wines and Single Malt Scotch.

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Paul's Wine Selection - Domaine Barou Petit Colorado Syrah VdP 2015

The Story

Domaine Barou farms organically on the edge of a plateau west of St. Joseph. In an area not known for wine production, they’ve been able to get consistently good results with the variety for which the Northern Rhône is best known. The 2015 vintage was what we call a “Goldilocks” vintage - not too hot, not too cool, not too wet, not too dry. This is just the first of what I expect to be a slew of great Rhône wines coming in the next several months.

Tasting Note

The color is an inky, opaque, dark purple. The nose is still tight, as befits such a young wine, but still shows black fruit, black pepper and black olive. On the palate you’ll find intense, dry, crisp black fruit; black olive and a very peppery, long finish. There is plenty of tannin, but they are ripe and well integrated.

Food Pairing

Try this with grilled or broiled lamb, hearty stews, or grilled sausage. I drank this with Aidells Chicken and Apple Sausage, simply browned in a cast iron skillet. I could easily have served it with a rack of lamb, or with the Carbonnade (Belgian beef and onion stew, in beer) I made last week.

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Reg. $14.99

It’s easy to find $100 bottles of world class Syrah from Rhône appellations like Côte Rôtie, Cornas and Hermitage. The harder task is to find wine that are more reasonably priced, and that has us looking in less likely areas.

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Sku: 024884

Reg. $32.99
On Sale $27.99

This is an elegantly understated, classic left bank Bordeaux.
Slightly fuller than medium bodied it features blackberry and cassis, bright acidity, baking spice, and delicately crunchy tannins.

Stephen Tanzer gives this 89 points, a ... click for more details
Sku: P60081

Reg. $24.99

Rhône Paradox Villard Baudet Crozes Hermitage 2012
Blown Away By the Quality

For my brother’s 50th birthday, we roasted a whole baby lamb in his “La Cajachina”. As was to be expected, I was tasked with choosing the wine. For me, roast ... click for more details
Sku: 022956

Reg. $34.99

St. Joseph doesn't have to be 100% Syrah, but most, including the 2013 Francois Villard Poivre et Sol (pepper & soil) are. That doesn't mean they all taste the same. One of my jobs as a wine buyer is to make sure that there is a reason ... click for more details
Sku: P61124


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