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  1. PAUL JABOULET 2015 CROZES HERMITAGE DOMAINE DE THALABERT

    Item #: i_345478
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Jeb Dunnuck: 97 Points
    "The recent releases are among the best Paul Jaboulet Aine wines ever produced." - The Wine Advocate

    "Gorgeous, deep, layered, and incredibly satisfying." - Jeb Dunnuck

    "Plush, broad and deeply concentrated, displaying black and blue fruit, licorice and mocha flavors." - Josh Reynolds

    Does Syrah from the Northern Rhone get much better than this? Perhaps if you spend hundreds of dollars, but at this price-point it's tough to beat. Jaboulet's 2015 Domaine de Thalabert comes from an historic vineyard considered the benchmark for Crozes-Hermitage and produces exceptional Syrah. In tasting this wine, we were struck by the concentration of fruit and excellent mid-palate depth of the dark fruit flavors. Jeb Dunnuck also loved this wine and gave it a score of 97 Points, calling it "full-bodied, gorgeously textured and seamless."

    This wine comes from the oldest vineyard in the appellation of Crozes Hermitage and is located in the shadow of the great Hermitage Hill. It also happens to be the first vineyard ever owned by Paul Jaboulet and was purchased in 1834. We had the pleasure of walking this vineyard last year and saw firsthand why this is such a revered site. Here the vines are grown on pebbly terraces that are glacial in origin, with the bedrock close to the topsoil. These small, round pebbles store heat during the day and release it at night, providing optimum ripening.

    The Frey family purchased Jaboulet more than a decade ago and has spared no expense in its effort to demonstrate the pedigree their vineyards possess. This coupled with what is being called one of the greatest growing seasons in the history of the Northern Rhone has given rise to a tremendous wine.

    The 2015 Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert is undoubtedly one of the finest wines ever produced from this historic vineyard. It is a tremendous effort which can be enjoyed now, but will also reward those who wish to put a few bottles away for later. Enjoy!

    JEB DUNNUCK 97 POINTS - "The finest vintage to date, better even than the stellar 2010, the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert is a gorgeous, deep, layered, and incredibly satisfying Crozes. Blackcurrants, olive tapenade, truffles and earthy notes all emerge from this full-bodied, gorgeously textured and seamless 2015. With fine tannin and no hard edge, it can be drunk today or cellaring for 15-20 years."
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  2. RENE ROSTAING 2015 COTE ROTIE AMPODIUM

    Item #: i_351747
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    Wine Spectator: 93
    Jeb Dunnuck: 92 Points
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "Bottled in July, the 2015 Cote Rotie Ampodium is fairly full-bodied and quite rich. The black olive and raspberry notes verge on being jammy but are balanced by peppery spice and firm, savory tannins. Give it 5 years in the cellar to settle down, and drink it over the next decade and a half or more. For an entry-level wine, it's remarkable."

    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS -"A bright flash of white pepper gives way to bay leaf, crushed bitter plum and raspberry coulis flavors, with a sleek iron edge. Racy and youthfully taut, but shows ample stuffing for cellaring."

    JEB DUNNUCK 92 POINTS - "Moving to the 2015s, all of which were tasted out of bottle, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Ampodium is well worth your time and money. Dark fruits, peppery, licorice, and ground herb characteristics flow to a full-bodied, impressively endowed, ripe, balanced 2015 that will drink nicely for 10-15 years. The son of René, Pierre Rostaing, is now taking a more leading role in this terrific estate. The 2015s are beautiful wines, but don’t discount the 2016s, which are almost as impressive."
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  3. RENE ROSTAING 2015 COTE ROTIE LA LANDONNE

    Item #: i_351746
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 99+
    Wine Spectator: 96
    Jeb Dunnuck: 97 Points
    WINE ADVOCATE 99+ POINTS - "Am I being stingy in only awarding Rostaing's 2015 Cote Rotie la Landonne 99+ points? This is a tremendous wine, showing immense richness and power without any apparent weight. Raspberries flood the palate in waves, accented by various spices in a wine that's intensely tannic yet never hard or astringent. Breathtaking stuff."

    JEB DUNNUCK 97 POINTS - " The 2015 Côte Rôtie La Landonne is more tannic and structured, with the smoky, meaty, mineral-laced bouquet I always find in this terroir. Black, black fruits, full body, a layered, rich, opulent texture, and building tannin make for one seriously impressive Côte Rôtie that needs to be forgotten for 5-7 years. It will last for 2-3 decades. The son of René, Pierre Rostaing, is now taking a more leading role in this terrific estate. The 2015s are beautiful wines, but don’t discount the 2016s, which are almost as impressive."

    WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS - "A broad and deep wine, filled with dark fig, blackberry and boysenberry compote flavors that are layered with graphite, warm ganache and smoldering tobacco flavors. A warm cast iron notes echoes resoundingly through the finish, which is laden with serious grip."
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    $219.99

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