The Great Northern Whites

Domaine Lionnet

Terre Brûlée Cornas Syrah 2020

Great northern Rhône for a reasonable price. — 7 days ago

E. Guigal

Condrieu Viognier

Viognier at its maximum opulence and must say I prefer it in blends. Great wine: dry, complex with substantial nuance but a bit overboard. Cheers. — 2 months ago

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Peter van den Besselaar

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Clear opinion 👍

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2018

Popped and poured; consumed over two days. Consistent notes throughout. The 2018 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave "Saint-Joseph" pours a deep purple color with an almost opaque core. Medium+ (high?) viscosity with significant staining of the tears. On the nose, a little reductive and loaded with black, blue and red fruits, deli case, black olives, cocoa, purple flowers and baking spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannins and medium+ acid. Confirming the notes from the nose. The finish is long, rich and savory. Alcohol is high but it's in balance. This was a great pairing with grilled lamb chops. Drink now with patience or enjoy through 2038. FWIW, this bottle was enjoyed alongside a 2016 Christopher Tynan Syrah "Judge Family Vineyard" and while this bottle of Chave Saint-Joseph was really, really good. The Tynan was special. — 3 months ago

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Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah 2011

A great Syrah from Hermitage. After one hour... smooth, delicate perfumed with fine nuances. Dark Ruby brilliant color. On the palate, gentle spices, dark fruit long finish. An experience... — a month ago

Thierry Allemand

Chaillot Cornas Syrah 2008

Great vintage for Allemand This had an intoxicating nose with dark fruit that was inky with a glycerin note, iron, meat, olive, pepper, savory spice & violet. Silky, balanced on the palate with a long finish. — 3 months ago

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Bernard Levet

La Chavaroche Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2007

Opened and decanted about an hour before dinner. No formal notes. The 2007 B. Levet "La Chavaroche" is flat out beautiful right now. The aromatics are off the charts with gorgeous, ripe dark fruits, a bit of the animal, a veritable hillside of lavender, black olives, some deli case, black pepper, some leather and earth. The structure is still firm but everything is well integrated at this point; superbly balanced; great acid. The finish is long and has some ferrous minerals that I simply love. A sublime pairing with a Morgan Ranch Wagyu tenderloin served with corn purée, charred broccolini and juniper ash. The 2007's are absolutely ready to drink now with a short decant (mostly to remove any sediment) however, they will continue to drink well for another 10+ easy from good cellars.
— 3 months ago

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Tom Casagrande

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That’s a lot of detailed good info for “no formal notes.” Setting the bar very high!
Jay Kline

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@Tom Casagrande 😅, I guess I should define formal. For me, it’s defined by taking the wine “through the grid” and most social settings are inappropriate for that

Pierre Gonon

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2017

Great producer of SJ showing red & blackberry fruit, olive, meat, spice & violet — a month ago

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E. Guigal

Brune et Blonde de Guigal Côte-Rotie Syrah 2019


Charred meat, crushed flowers, a savory note. This is great regardless of year. — 2 months ago

Thierry Allemand

Cornas Reynard (R) Syrah 2011

Another great btl from the master of Cornas — 3 months ago

Severn, Hermes and 8 others liked this

E. Guigal

Château d'Ampuis Côte-Rôtie Syrah

Great birthday celebration for Leo Grazianos. Thank you Santo and staff for the friendship and hospitality. Cheers — 4 months ago

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