RHONE VALLEY WINES ANNUAL TASTING:
|the view---from the top of new 1 WTC-looking north|
Past - Present - Future
|looking east-we have a friend who-back in the '80s remarked-NY will be a great town when they finally finish building it....|
|Map showing Cotes du Rhone, Crus, and other appellations|
-so we learned at this creatively amazing wine tasting organized by SOPEXA's Hassan Sefrioui +Teuwen Communications.
|Hassan Sefrioui-deserves a raise|
It is going to be tough to top this...both- the location-with staggering views / history itself...
|finished art filled space---plenty of room and views-lucky us-we got there for the day to night session---here a final shot-it was dark out|
WHAT: The set-up...two bars with many of the accessibly drinkable selections- ranging from deeply spicy/complex, full bodied-fruity southern Rhone red wines largely based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre (aka Rhone blends) -and a few northern Rhone reds (mono-grape wines based on elegant Syrah) ---AND a deliciously surprising Rosés and Whites (Viognier-really popular these days, imo, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc)-pair wonderfully with cheeses, whites, Asian foods and BBQ (yayy summer!).
|Chateau Campuget 2013 Costières de Nîmes: 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache Noir-nose dominated by blackcurrants, hints f spices_pepper, herb+mineral notes up front, long smooth tannins, lightly crisp|
|Cru du Sud, Rasteau 2012 Domaine de Beaurenard 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah aromas of very ripe fruit-spice, structured tannins, rich rounded body-strong wine good with big bold food|
|Cotes du Rhone, 2012 Vidal Fleury 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre-aromas of strawberry, chocolate, prune, cherry+violet,,,medium body, well balanced acids+tannins...easy to like-we put a smiley face in our tasting notes.|
|Cotes du Rhone Louis Bernard Grenache, Syrah=expressive note stewed cherry, red fruits round tannins-lively fruit forward character|
|Cotes du Rhone, Domaine Guy Mousset, 2013 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah dark ripe fruits, slight pepper-spices|
|Cotes Du Rhone, Chateau de Sainte-Cosme pictured the 2012-thought smooth+well balanced, the 2013 is 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Carignan-tasting notes of gingerbread, blueberry, smoked ham + violet.|
|Cote du Rhones Reserve Les Dauphines Red -Grenache, Syrah-stewed cherries_red fruits rich with round tannins|
|Another fabulous vin-=Cru du Nord, Crozes-Hermitage -La Petite Ruche 2013 100% Syrah-red berries, black currant, raspberry|
|Maybe we should visit this area---another wonder Cru du Nord, Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2010 100% Syrah-intense complex+aromatic-red berries+animal notes, noble tannins+great finish-full well balanced finished|
|Hermitage Grand Classique 2011 Cave de Tain, 100% Syrah deep black fruit, mineral notes+toasty oak|
|Cru du Nord, Hermitage Gambert de Loche 2010 100% Syrah-full bodied+firm, cedar, cassis, licorice, cracked peppercorns chewy quality|
|our blog post on these inscriptions|
|FYI he skydives+snowboards...cool...though as avid snowboarders too-def. lay off any alcohol when on mountain jaunts...|
|the red velvet curtains rooms-warm boudoir atmosphere...tasted older vineyard's offerings...served on silver trays by spiffy outfitted wait-staff---|
|afterwards-between 'acts'-we chatted with these two thespians---who memorized the frequently being revised, script-over ten days. A professional writer was hired (obvs)---hope they got to take home some of those half-still filled bottles. Yummy...include here a 100% Syrah- Cru du Nord, Crozes-Hermitage, Alain Graillot-2012 Red-medium high intensity, dry-medium acid light-average tannin...good for summer.|
Bonus---the wrap-around the building-floor to ceiling windows...and the time of day of our tour.
|Lady Liberty...facing southwest|
Surprising pairings...of strong Rhone wines with distinct tasting tidbits and greens we never heard of before...and some we did-like ramps.
|crafted like those special Californian bistros- natural materials...and samples of greens foraged from the Left Coast by Matt Parker|
|Matt Parker...even has the looks that fits what he does...|
|afterwards...pretty much all the wines in the Present- here got sipped to completion-we asked Jonathan Ross how he selected these wines-mindful of the strong flavors (food)-and advised us if we were going to drink up anything-this was the best group.|
|morels and porcini mushrooms...did not try these|
|twilight-as we entered the Future---facing West...NJ looks kinda glammy from this vantage point...|
We felt like we were onset for the flick- 2001 A Space Odyssey.
Every seat had a set of headphones linking up two participants with each other...who then formed a team to guess what was being drunk---one of each-a Cote du Rhone, A Cote du Rhone Village, and another Rhone appelation.
|lucky us-we got paired with a super wine knowledgeable guy (an importer) -who opined correctly, the wines...|
Behind the scenes...
|behind the curtain so-to-speak---this is partly how all the magical food pairings, gets delivered|
|as we like to say..."...danger, Will Robinson..." so tempting this food-the sodas...though, not so much.|
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.rhone-wines.com