The Northern Rhone

2016 Rousset Crozes Hermitage rouge

The Northern half of the Rhone river valley, stretching from just south of Lyon down to St Peray south of Hermitage, is the home of Syrah, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Viognier. The relatively cooler continental climate coupled with the steep stony slopes of its noblest appellations offer a complexity and savoriness that is not found in any other Syrah based growing area in the world. Its white wines also offer unrivaled quality and singular character. Its most celebrated appellations: Cote Rotie, Hermitage, St Joseph, Condrieu, and Cornas.

Price: $22.00

Just like the 2015 rendition, this one is a back-up-the-truck, holy-shit kind of a wine, right on par with the 2015 as the single best value I have ever proposed in Northern Rhône syrah. In its sappy dark red fruit allied to effortless bright levity, full of subtle savory/olive/herb/floral notes, weighing in at 12.5%-13% alcohol, each and every component of this that I tasted had my eyes bugging out of my head with OMFG. Everything is here, from fruit, to floral, to mineral, to meaty/savory. One needn't only buy the "big guns" to get exceptionally good Northern Rhone wine of precision, fullness, and finesse. The 2016 vintage is (once again) just plain that good. Buy a 6pk or a case (or a few cases), and thank me later for the single greatest every day Northern Rhône value you will ever encounter in your lifetime. You can continue to quote me on that. I didn't buy enough of the 2015 last year. I will not make a similar mistake this year....A little * awarded here.

"Bright violet. Lively dark fruit and floral pastille scents are complemented by suggestions of allspice, olive and smoky minerality. Shows very good clarity and depth on the palate, offering energetic blackberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that become sweeter with aeration. Finishes with gentle tannic grip and very good persistence, leaving a subtle candied violet note behind." 90 Josh Raynolds

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Just like the 2015 rendition, this one is a back-up-the-truck, holy-shit kind of a wine, right on par with the 2015 as the single best value I have ever proposed in Northern Rhône syrah. In its sappy dark red fruit allied to effortless bright levity, full of subtle savory/olive/herb/floral notes, weighing in at 12.5%-13% alcohol, each and every component of this that I tasted had my eyes bugging out of my head with OMFG. Everything is here, from fruit, to floral, to mineral, to meaty/savory. One needn’t only buy the “big guns” to get exceptionally good Northern Rhone wine of precision, fullness, and finesse. The 2016 vintage is (once again) just plain that good. Buy a 6pk or a case (or a few cases), and thank me later for the single greatest every day Northern Rhône value you will ever encounter in your lifetime. You can continue to quote me on that. I didn’t buy enough of the 2015 last year. I will not make a similar mistake this year….A little * awarded here.

“Bright violet. Lively dark fruit and floral pastille scents are complemented by suggestions of allspice, olive and smoky minerality. Shows very good clarity and depth on the palate, offering energetic blackberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that become sweeter with aeration. Finishes with gentle tannic grip and very good persistence, leaving a subtle candied violet note behind.” 90 Josh Raynolds