Red Rhone Recipe

The red wines from the Southern Rhone follow a recipe that emphasizes Grenache. The wines of this flight highlight this underdog grape.

Unti Dry Creek Valley Grenache 2005
Pretty funky at first opening but after an hour, the smell improved to show the Grenache fruit. This wine is framed by a moderate level of tannin. GP&B Healdsburg, aged in 620 gal fourdres, unfined and unfiltered, Mick Unti winemaker 14.9% $33 at the Wine Emporium Unti

Domaine de la Mordorée Côtes-Du-Rhône “La Dame Rousse” 2006
Since 2003 my notes show a fruit bomb as if from the New World. This latest vintage has the same overt fruit in a more astringent package. Bottle number 2 soon after showed the same effect. The fruit was straight out of the new world in the nose but the green tannins are overbearing. Mis au domaine DeLorme prop-rec a Tavel, Kysela importer to the US, 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Cinsault 14% $11.99 at Bottle Barn Mordoree

Beckman Santa Ynez Valley Cuvée Le Bec 2005
Ripe black fruits and candy – it’s that lolly, soft supple profile with oaky undertones and a little warmth, 53% Grenache 34% Syrah 8% Mourvedre 5% Counoise grown at the Purisima Mountain Vineyard, Estate Bottled in Los Olivos 14.5% $18 at Wine Emporium

Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape Télégramme 2005

The initial smells featured earth, black pepper and jam. The wine has a fairly big structure with warmth and jammy fruit to taste. Given 3 hours, the fruit really started to show. Mis par Brunier et fils a Bedarrides, 90 Grenache and 10 Mourvedre, mostly from the Plateau de la Crau 14.5% $35 at Traverso’s

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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