Friday Sips


FRIDAY SIPS
You're Never Alone With A Cotes-du-Rhone Today November 30 from 1:30 - 6:30
Grower Cotes-du-Rhone. Hell if Champagne advocates can promote Grower Champagne, why not exalt the Rhone Valley farmers who lovingly tend their own vines who make exquisite wines that are limited only by the land they own. In other words, small production (in this tasting, 500-1500 cases), not 'boxes and brands' from jagoff negociants or co-ops who care more about quantity than quality. Drop by today to warm up with a superb glass of full Southern French Soul from growers based in Cairanne, Vacqueyras and Chateauneuf!


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2015 ORATOIRE ST-MARTIN
COTES-DU-RHONE 'P'TIT GARS'
$16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

Tenth generation winemakers in the village of Cairanne, Francois and Frederic Alary have been in charge since 1984 produce wines that really exceed their humble appellation status. This particular Cotes-du-Rhone took on a name change. P’tit Gars (or little dudes) is what the brothers were referred to while growing up in the village. This wine is from 2015 is anything but little, and has really kicked into another gear and is showing beautifully.

80% Grenache & 20% Syrah. From the estate's foothill vineyards in Cairanne, this wine is cropped at the same level that a Premier Cru Burgundy would be and comes from 30+ year old vines. Pronounced exotic spice, sandalwood, lavender, smoke, game and pepper on the nose followed by a substantial texture that is dry, pure, concentrated and red. The finish is firm, palate-staining revealing hot-rock aspects. It is drinking exquisitely now and we suggest pairing it with grilled pork loin done in a Provençal style over the next 3-4 years.



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2016 DOMAINE LA GARRIGUE
COTES-DU-RHONE 'LA ROMAINE'
$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

From a highly regarded Vacqueyras producer, this wine is actually declassified Vacqueyras and in turn makes quite a serious impression for Cotes-du-Rhone. Made from 40-60 year old vines, as usual, very Grenache dominated and aged in concrete tanks, this wine is from lots that are more precocious thus giving an immediate appeal to them. More than just an early drinker, let's just say that this is Grand Cru Cotes-Du-Rhone.

Saturated, vinous, ripe, but very finesse-laden nose. Garrigue, lavender white pepper and pronounced creamy plum tones. Layered and driving, this is way above the norm for CDR! Very exquisite stuff and very lengthy. Drink through 2024. There are 18 btls available so come early if you want to taste before it sells out and we move on to another CDR that will be poured as its backup.



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2016 SOLITUDE COTES-DU-RHONE
$15.99 BTL./$191.88 CASE

Tenth generation winemakers in the village of Cairanne, Francois and Frederic Alary have been in charge since 1984 produce wines that really exceed their humble appellation status. This particular Cotes-du-Rhone took on a name change. P’tit Gars (or little dudes) is what the brothers were referred to while growing up in the village. This wine is from 2015 is anything but little, and has really kicked into another gear and is showing beautifully.

80% Grenache & 20% Syrah. From the estate's foothill vineyards in Cairanne, this wine is cropped at the same level that a Premier Cru Burgundy would be and comes from 30+ year old vines. Pronounced exotic spice, sandalwood, lavender, smoke, game and pepper on the nose followed by a substantial texture that is dry, pure, concentrated and red. The finish is firm, palate-staining revealing hot-rock aspects. It is drinking exquisitely now and we suggest pairing it with grilled pork loin done in a Provençal style over the next 2-3 years.



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2017 CLOS STE-MAGDELAINE
CASSIS BLANC
[reg. $41.99]
SPECIAL - $25.99 BTL./$311.88 CASE

Okay, so we were supposed to be featuring a white Cotes-du-Rhone but due to distributor ineptness as well as having a terrific deal on this one, we decided to go just a bit further south towards the sea. The Cassis that we are referring to in this dry white wine entry is a stunning Provencal coastal town and not the liqueur that is found in Burgundy. Wine has been made in Cassis even before the Greeks arrived around 600 BC, although not much of it has the opportunity to be exported with all of tourism combined with the town’s catch of delicious seafood that requires this appropriately delicious homegrown wine. The dramatic white stones that run right into the azur-colored Mediterranean are not all that take your breath away in Cassis, the Clos Ste. Magdelaine Cassis Blanc is one of this small region’s most famed and delicious offerings.

40% Marsanne, 30% Ugni Blanc, 25% Clairette & 5% Bourboulenc and the absolute essence of Provencal white wine. Freshly cut blossoms, white peach, lemon, acacia, ginger and prominent marine scents follow through to a fleshy, mouthfilling texture, gaining mandarin-like acidity, honey and finishing with a salty, mineral tang that extends handsomely. An excellent choice with a seafood platter, swordfish with a tomato salsa or bouillabaisse. Everyone clamors to get this estate’s overpriced Rose, however, the true mainstay here is this killer Southern French white wine!






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