On the Rhone

Le Clos du Caillou Cotes du Rhone Vielles Vignes Cuvee Unique 2006
The previous vintage was a solid wine, balanced in medium weight with ripe fruits and structure. The 2006 follows suit with smells of black pepper as well. Sourced from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, this wine is a blend of 90% old vine Grenache, 8% Syrah and 2% Mourvedre, aged in mature oak, large and small. Mis en bouteille at the Domaine Vacheron-Pouizin in Courthezon. 14.5% $15.69 in the summer and up to $17.99 in October ’08 at Bottle Barn.

Andre Brunel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005

Great producer, this wine is a little less expensive than their estate CDP. There’s earth and the smell of the garrigue, a nice tangy acidity and sweet raisined fruit. 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. 14% $30.99 at Bottle Barn

About RJ

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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