Winery of the Month
April Wines of the month: SOUTHERN RHONE VALLEY
The Rhône Valley has been a hub of wine culture since ancient times. Viticulture as we know it arrived in Southern France with the Greeks in the 4th century BC, but it was the Romans who really established the vineyards and reputation of the area using the Rhône as their highway through France. The Valley itself was created during the last ice age as the glaciers carved their way south through what is now France. Today, the Rhône River begins in the Alps and meanders for 500+ miles to the Mediterranean Sea, widening the valley as it goes and creating various micro-climate changes. The distinctly ‘Provençal’ Mediterranean influence is further stimulated by the famous Mistral Wind, a major player that dictates the characteristics of the grapes. Toss in the nuance of Garrigue – the wild resinous herbs that cover the landscape – and you have a sense of what these wines are capable of achieving as both a culinary partner and on their own. It’s a rare pleasure to enjoy such mouthwatering wines of distinction and value while the appeal of the land’s historical significance adds a romantic touch to your meal, get together or celebration.
M. Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes du Rhone Blanc
90 points Wine & Spirits 2017
suggested retail $14.99 – WOTM SPecial $11.99
Grenache Blanc, with its distinctive aromatic profile, gives this wine its unmistakable herbaceous and bright fruit nose of white apple and pear. Smaller amounts of Clairette and Bourboulenc adds delightful acidity, making it a fantastic pairing for salads and seafood kissed with the juice of a lemon.
Domaine Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
suggested retail $34.99 – WOTM Special $28.99
92 Points Wine Enthusiast 2016
Attractive aromas that are youthful and moderately full, show a mélange of quince and fennel complemented by a toasted note. The palate reveals notably ripe yellow fruits, spice and herbal highlights. The wine continues to reveal persistent flavors as it segues to the mouthwatering finish. Well-integrated acidity surfaces at the end to add balance. Easily the best wine for pairing with lobster but also delicious with other seafood, puff-pastries, white meats or goat cheeses
Grands Serres Lullaby Ventoux Rouge
suggested retail $14.99 – WOTM Special $9.99
Named after famous Mount Ventoux, this region gives us bold wines that really show their famous “terroir”. Lullaby Ventoux hits the mark in that its fruit driven, a real “fruit-bomb” in the truest sense of the term, but also a serious bottle of red as well. This rich and spicy wine offers red and black fruit aromas of blackberry and black currant. Ripe and jammy raspberry, red currants, black cherry, notes of leather and dark chocolate show up in the fleshy mid-palate. The palate is beautifully balanced by the silky tannins and a very long and aromatic finish. Pair with cured meats, aged cheeses, our “Black & Blue” burgers or some saucy spicy ribs.
Chave Mon Couer Cotes du Rhone Rouge
suggested retail $22.99 – WOTM Special $18.99
91 points Vinous 2016
Ripe cherries and red berry liqueur on the deeply perfumed, spice-tinged nose. Shows impressive power and breadth on the palate, offering rich black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors complicated by hints of lavender and peppery spices. The smooth, gently tannic finish delivers solid punch and repeating red berry and floral notes. Serve with grilled veggies, Mediterranean meat dishes, our own hand made sausage and hearty cheeses.
Domaine du Terme Vacqueryras
suggested retail $26.99 – WOTM Special $23.99
The name of this appellation is of Roman origin – Jocunditas means ‘great pleasure and enjoyment’ in Latin with the town being founded as a recreational site for the soldiers from the Roman Second Legion. Ripe red and black fruits, candied flowers and a hint of exotic spices on the deeply perfumed nose. Sweet, palate-coating raspberry and boysenberry flavors are braced by a core of juicy acidity and given spicy bite by a jolt of white pepper. Delivers a solid punch, showing strong blue fruit notes on an impressively long finish framed by smooth, harmonious tannins.
Domaine Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge
suggested retail $34.99 – WOTM Special $28.99
92 Points Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast & Wine & Spirits 2015
This was the very first AOC to be recognized when the French system of quality was instituted in 1936. The nose is warm and shows an attractive complexity characterized by bold red fruits and spice along with plum and leather notes. The palate is composed of an appealing mix of red cherry and spice notes. There is a fine, balanced structure that allows the grapes to express the finesse and power of the wine. Pair with your favorite cut of red meat, dishes cooked in a simmering red sauce, meat terrine and cheeses