• Northern Rhône Syrah: There Will Be Scrolling

    Northern Rhône Syrah: There Will Be Scrolling

    Today's list is deep on the main appellations of the Northern Rhône Valley. If you're crazy for Syrah like me, you'll find something to hit every mark and every occasion. Supreme values like Xavier Gerard's Côte Rôtie is still gaining traction in the US as a new import. Hervé Souhaut and Jean-Michel Stephan approach Syrah like their mentor Marcel Lapierre did Gamay. And, old gems turned new with 1991 Gentaz-Dervieux Côte Rôtie and now 2016 Hommage à Gentaz-Dervieux from Rene Rostaing.
    Posted by Alexander Rosen
  • Provence Value Sweet Spot: Red, White, & Rosé of Triennes

    Provence Value Sweet Spot: Red, White, & Rosé of Triennes

    In 1989 two legends of Burgundy teamed up in Provence to craft three honest and affordable wines from a high altitude vineyard in the Var region. Since that time Triennes has become the staple of restaurants and sommelier's fridges across the country.   

    Jacques Seysses (Domaine Dujac) and Aubert de Villaine (Domaine de la Romanée-Conti), friends of many years, found a perfect microclimate tucked into the hills of Provence 18 miles from the Mediterranean. Given the collaborators pedigree, it should come as little surprise that their success begins in the vineyard. Upon reviewing soil samples they chose this specific hillside made up of the similar limestone and clay based soils they knew so well from Burgundy.

    Triennes focuses on three wines. Each variety was chosen for the specific terroir in this unique location. The red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The never-ending warm sun and dry conditions of Provence are perfect for these two varieties that here show forward blackberry, blueberry, and plum notes. Having a full bodied red blend on hand is always a necessity, and this delivers vintage in and vintage out. The ideal pop-and-pour red for every occasion!

    The estate's white is 100% Viognier, showing an array of peach, apricot, and orchard fruit notes. Viognier demands that it receives some cooling influences to keep the fruit profile from becoming too rounded or cloying. This site is perfectly suited to the grape, endowing a crisp and focused element that's rare to find for the variety. A perfect white to pair with seafood, but with a deep texture that holds it's own with chicken and pork.

    The rosé of the Triennes is perhaps the most recognized of all the wines here. This is, without a doubt, our house rosé and top restaurants across the country have agreed for years now. Comprised of mainly Cinsault, with some Grenache and Syrah, this has a very pale hue and is absolutely bone dry. It always hits the mark for quenching thirst, never coming across heavy or overly rich. This is the quintessential Provençal rosé that begs to be a staple of every home.

    2016 Triennes Rosé
    $16 per bottle.

    2016 Triennes Rosé 1.5L
    $34 per bottle

    2015 Triennes Sainte Fleur Viognier
    $16 per bottle.

    2014 Triennes St. Auguste Rouge
    $16 per bottle.

    Posted by Max Kogod