Counoise

Domaine Charvin

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2017

I’ve enjoyed the wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for almost 20 years and, along with a few DOCG’s in Italy, it’s one of the regions I have the most experience with. That being said, I’ve become very judicious with my buying over the last 5 years or so, concentrating on a small handful of producers that I’ve naturally gravitated towards. Domaine Charvin is one of those. No destemming, aged in concrete, no luxury cuvée, modest pricing. They’re just so old school and I just love it. The 2017 Charvin Rouge pours a deep garnet color with a near opaque core; medium+ viscosity with moderate staining of the tears. On the nose, it’s initially a bit reticent but changes dramatically with about 15min of air at which point it begins to really strut. First with bruised strawberries and whole fields of garrigue. With a little more coaxing, ripe brambles, spiced meat, and lavender join the party. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannins (which seem to build with air), medium acid and fairly high alcohol though it never felt like a hot mess. In fact, the wine is beautifully balanced with ample structure providing a foundation for the abundance of fruit: red and black brambly fruit, with Herb de Provence, espresso and a touch of leather and dark olive. The finish is long and satisfying. A lovely Charvin that should deliver in style well past 2030 — 24 days ago

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Tablas Creek Vineyard

Esprit de Tablas Adelaida District Mourvedre Blend 2012

10 years old…lighter in color, texture, tannin, the Tablas CdP influenced blend is in a very good point of it’s development. A touch of browning, the sweet viscus weight of this Paso blend has morphed into something thinner, more complex, more balanced., more nuanced, more interesting. Worked well with simple summer take-out pizza. I love Tablas… their entire program just keeps illustrating how to keep new world conditions and old world farming principles together. Kudos, to all the folks at Tablas and Beaucastle. — 2 months ago

Eric, Dawn and 7 others liked this

Tablas Creek Vineyard

Patelin de Tablas Paso Robles Rosé Grenache Blend 2021

Summer, summer, summertime! Time to just sit back and unwind. — 4 months ago

Natasha Bray
with Natasha
Eddie, Brent and 2 others liked this
Ryan Colthorp

Ryan Colthorp

Just a break from the norm? Nahhh…just a soft subtle mix from Tablas!

Matthiasson

California Rosé Blend 2017

Always lovely! Same as previous note. — a month ago

Brooke Weaver Jakubowski
with Brooke
Hermes, Paul and 4 others liked this

Tablas Creek Vineyard

Esprit de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend 2003

All the tannins had nicely smoothed out, but unfortunately so had most of the flavor and nose. My cork had dried out and the wine was a little over the hill. Oh well. Still a good wine but not extraordinary. — 2 months ago

Sans Liege

Groundwork Central Coast Counoise 2020

Looks, smells, and tastes like Hi-C fruit punch. This is not a bad thing, though the flavors don't really pop out until the wine comes up closer to room temperature (assuming you chilled it beforehand). At various points I caught notes of cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, and rhubarb. A fun, non-pretentious take on a Rhône grape not often featured on its own. 100% Counoise. 6/13/22. — 10 months ago

Tablas Creek Vineyard

Côtes de Tablas Paso Robles Grenache Blend 2017

Grenache 53%, Syrah 25%, counoise 12%, Mourvèdre 10%. Raspberries, pomegranate, cherries, orange, at the outset splash onto the tongue. Then a understated bitterness accompanies a mildly acidic finish. Easy to drink. — 2 months ago

Julia and Paul liked this

Tablas Creek Vineyard

Esprit de Tablas Mourvedre Blend 2016

$40 @ TW, Gavin bought — 2 months ago

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Tablas Creek Vineyard

Counoise 2020

Light, fruity and spice. Easy drinking perfect for lighter fare or sipping on its own. — 3 months ago

Tamarack Cellars

Firehouse Red Columbia Valley Merlot Blend 2015

Easy drinking blend - not too big. The cab doesn’t overwhelm. Would be good with steak as a cab alternative. — 3 months ago