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Alain Voge Saint Joseph Les Vinsonnes 2012 750ml

Rated 91-93 - (from a one-hectare vineyard planted on granitic soil in Mauves with a massale selection from Voge's Cornas vines): Brilliant purple....
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Chateau De Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2013 750ml

Rated 94 - A very enticing version, with energetic savory and bay leaf notes rippling through the core of dark plum and blackberry fruit. Lots of...
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E. Guigal Cote Rotie Blonde Et Brune 2011 375ml

Rated 92 - Bright ruby. Smoky, mineral-accented cherry and dark berry scents are lifted by a suggestion of peppery spices. Juicy and penetrating on...
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E. Guigal Cote Rotie Blonde Et Brune 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - Bright ruby. Smoky, mineral-accented cherry and dark berry scents are lifted by a suggestion of peppery spices. Juicy and penetrating on...
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E. Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau D'ampuis 2010 750ml

Rated 99 - The 2010 Cote Rotie Chateau d'Ampuis is an off-the-hook effort that easily competes with the more expensive single-vineyard releases....
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E. Guigal Cote Rotie Chateau D'ampuis 2011 750ml

Rated 94 - Very focused, with a lovely beam of lightly steeped red currant, bitter cherry and plum fruit flavors that glides atop singed cedar,...
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E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne 2011 750ml

Rated 99 - A step up over the other two single vineyard releases, the 2011 Cote Rotie la Landonne is an incredible wine that knocks it out of the...
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E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline 2010 750ml

Rated 100 - As to three single parcel releases, I reviewed the 2010 Cote Rotie La Mouline earlier this year, but was more than happy to taste it...

Rhone Valley Syrah

The Rhone Valley of southern France is a particularly fascinating wine region, with a history that stretches back to at least six hundred BCE, when the ancient Greeks first began cultivating vines there. The region itself is split into two distinct sub-regions, with the northern sub-region being famed for its production of exceptional Syrah, Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier wines, packed full of interesting character and expressing the terroir found there. The southern sub-region is home to an enormous variety of grapes, and produces red, white and rosé wines, and some of the world's most famous and adored blended wines. The continental climate of the region is ideal for growing grapes, and the winds which blow from the Central Massif help temper the heat in the vineyards, leading to very ripe fruits holding plenty of flavor.
Known as Syrah in most countries around the world, and Shiraz in Australia and certain other regions of the New World, this grape varietal has proven over the centuries to be one of the most powerful and flavorful red wine grapes there is. It is now one of the planet's most widely grown grapes, and is a favorite with wineries as a result of its robustness and versatility. It isn't easy to identify many characteristics of this particular varietal, due to the fact that it is highly versatile and shows significant differences in flavor and character depending on the terroir it is grown in, and the climatic conditions of the region. However, Syrah is most widely associated with full bodied, strong and loud red wines, packed full of fruity and spicy flavors, held in a beautifully deep red liquid.