Fairly pronounced nose of spicy, bramble fruit, leather, coffee, mocha and fine herbs. Extracted, full-bodied, tannic with complex flavors of baked forest fruits, sweet spice, clove and savory gamy notes. Harmonious, long and spicy. One panel member disliked a noted barnyard aroma.
Deep and pretty, with pronounced bacon, violet, earth and black-fruit aromas. The palate is stylish and refined, a clear cut above the average Rhône red. In terms of flavor, there’s ample cherry, plum and chocolate. The finish eases off some, as it turns easy and slightly one-dimensional. But with such a great bouquet, tannic structure and richness, the complaints…
Scents of buttered popcorn lead the way, followed by waves of oak-derived flavors: cedar, vanilla and chocolate, backed up by some black cherry notes. The mouthfeel is supple and creamy, the finish moderately tannic. Drink this lavishly oaked wine from 2007-2015, once the wood has integrated a little better with its fruit substrate.
With its bold, jammy blackberries and a hint of black pepper on the nose, this wine is all about delivering a flavor punch. Straightforward berry fruit is tinged with licorice in a bulky but satisfying package.
This reliable Luberon producer has quietly turned out another good value. An understated, medium-bodied white from the Luberon, this Roussanne offers modest pear elements intertwined with attractive musky-spicy notes. Drink it over the next year or so.
This is 100% Roussanne, from one of the highest vineyards in the Luberon. It’s fruity and direct, a well-made medium-bodied white, boasting a panopoly of fruit flavors ranging from pear to pineapple, and hints of melon as well. Drink it over the next several months.
A fruit-salad white, with aromas and flavors that run the gamut from Asian pear to ripe apples and Hawaiian pineapple. Plump and medium-weight, picks up hints of honey and citrus on the lingering finish.