Managing Editor

Joe Czerwinski

Reviews wines from Australia, New Zealand and the Rhône.

Rhône Valley Wines

Much larger in scale than Burgundy is the Rhône Valley wine region. From the alcoholic and powerful highs of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, through the dense elegance of the Syrah wines of appellations like Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage, this is predominantly red wine country. Rich and generous, these wines appeal to wine drinkers used to California reds. And, just like Bordeaux, there is also great value to be found in this region: wines labelled Côtes du Rhône. If they have a village name attached (Rasteau and Seguret are among the best), they will be that much better even if more expensive. Search our Rhône Valley wine guide’s hundreds of Rhône Valley wine reviews for more details on individual wines and for our comprehensive database of Rhône Valley wine ratings.

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86
points

Alain Jaume et Fils 2010 Réserve Grand Veneur Rosé (Côtes du Rhône)

  1. $15

Still very young and fresh-tasting, with estery notes of passion fruit, peach and citrus. It’s medium in weight, making it a versatile dining companion for the summer months.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2011)
86
points

Cave de Tain 2010 Syrah Rosé (Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes)

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  1. $10

Austere, minerally and fresh, with delicate aromas of strawberry and lime. A lightweight summer rosé made of 100% Syrah from the northern Rhône.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2011)
86
points

Domaine des Cantarelles 2010 Rosé de Fayel (Vin de Pays du Gard)

  1. $12

Slightly herbal in character—not surprising given that it’s 70% Cabernet Franc, an unusual variety for the Gard. Those leafy notes persist from start to finish, balanced out hints of peach and raspberry. Easy to drink.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2011)
86
points

Domaine de la Petite Cassagne 2010 Rosé (Costières de Nîmes)

  1. $13

This berry-laden rosé comes across as a bit simple, but flavorful, with those berries being ultimately refreshing thanks to a clean, citrusy finish. Drink this medium-bodied wine over the next several months.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2011)
86
points

Barton & Guestier 2008 Gold Label Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

  1. $30

Marked by soft tannins yet surprisingly crisp acidity, this medium-bodied blend from the well-known négociant firm of B&G offers hints of anise, black cherries and baking spices. Drink now.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2011)
86
points

Domaine du Bois de Saint-Jean 2008 Red (Côtes du Rhône)

  1. $15

Starts off slightly tarry or rubbery, but soon unfolds to reveal hints of jammy fruit and chocolate balanced against olive notes. A bit chunky, but solid, with a dusting of fine tannins like cocoa on the finish. Drink now–2013.

 — J.C.  (2/1/2011)
86
points

Domaine de la Renjarde 2007 Massif d'Uchaux Red (Côtes du Rhône Villages)

  1. $12

Fresh in style, especially for the hot, dry 2007 vintage, reflecting the slightly higher elevation of the Massif d’Uchaux, this medium-bodied wine offers oodles of cherry-berry fruit. It’s nothing too serious or complex, just good, quaffable pleasure to consume over the next 2–3 years.

 — J.C.  (2/1/2011)
86
points

Perrin & Fils 2007 L’Andéol Rasteau Red (Côtes du Rhône Villages)

  1. $25

On the dusty, earthy side of the Rhône spectrum, with hints of cordite accenting cherry fruit. It’s undeniably fresh and vibrant, just lacks some of the richness characteristic of the 2007 vintage.

 — J.C.  (2/1/2011)
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