By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 at 11:19 am in Uncategorized.
Busy day, but wanted to briefly share some impressions from Rhone Rangers. The parking sucked but the sun was shining and the food rocked. I’m still dreaming about Girl & the Fig’s duck cassoulet. Of course, the wines showed well, too. I’ll be writing more in the months to come, but here are some standouts:
Bell Wine Cellars: 2006 Canterbury Vineyards Syrah. A soft, round and peppery Syrah with controlled alcohol (14.2%) and an even more moderate price. Shows what food-friendly Syrah the Sierra Foothills are capable of producing. Does not taste young and tight. I was shocked when I saw the vintage. Buy it. Store it or drink it.
Price: $22. Who’s got it: Jackson’s, Lafayette.
Cass Wines: 2005 Grenache. An impressive Paso Robles expression of this often low-acid grape, think of it as a hefty Pinot Noir with only 15 percent Mourvedre added for backbone. I loved this wine, which has a tinge of South African sensibility (that’s where the winemaker hails from)
Price: $28. Buy it online at www.casswines.com.
Treana Winery: 2006 Mer Soleil Viognier-Marsanne. Fruit from this Monterey vineyard helps to churn out a succulent, balanced and flavorful wine with excellent minerality, aromas of jasmine and flavors of pear and honey. Where’s the Chinese take-out when you need it?
Price: $25. Buy it online at www.treana.com.