The value-priced 2015 Crozes Hermitage is another smoking good wine from this négociant. Blackberries, plums, licorice, crushed rocks and a hint of pepper all emerge from this beauty, which hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and a great finish. Drink it on release and over the following 5-6 years.
Louis Bernard Reviews
As demand for Châteauneuf-du-Pape has crept up over the years, so has the price of this bottling. It’s still a reasonable value in a silky, full-bodied wine to drink in its youth. A hint of parsley-like green accents gently warmed raspberry compote, all framed by vanilla and mocha. — J.C.
Vivid ruby-red. Jammy red berries and a hint of cracked pepper on the nose. Light-bodied raspberry and cherry flavors pick up a dark chocolate nuance with air and offer a hint of bitterness on the back half. Racy and refreshing, showing no excess weight, very soft tannins and just a hint of dusty tannins. -- Josh Raynolds
Deep ruby. Fresh dark berry scents show a hint of jamminess and complementary notes of potpourri and white pepper. Sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors are accented by a hint of bitter chocolate, while a mineral flourish adds lift and cut. Closes supple, warm and broad, showing very soft tannins and good, fruity persistence. - Josh Raynolds
Year's Best Rhone
Red cherry flavors ring out with bell-tone clarity in this wine, herbal notes edging the ripe, juicy flavors. It feels cool and fresh, with a little vanilla and spice to smooth over the stony flavors beneath the fruit.
This well known négociant has turned in a sold effort. The nose is slightly herbal, but with attractive black-pepper shadings, while the fruit flavors favor dark skinned plum. Drink this medium-bodied, supple wine over the next few years. —J.C.
Aromas of blackberries, plums, and black cherries meld with suggestions of pepper, earth, and balsamic on the nose. Flavors of currant, blackberry, and dark cherry combine with notes of spice, balsamic, and anise on the palate. Smooth tannins and dark concentrated flavors make lamb a fine paring for it.