Stephan. You all know and love him. He’s back from Argentina ’til the end of the month and I’ve managed to hang an apron around his neck during that time!
He’ll be working at the shop tonight, Friday and Saturday from 5pm – 9pm… then a splattering of other shifts until he heads back to Malbec country.
As much as we all love Malbec,
Stephan is pretty damn sick of it. He pretty much drank it every day for the last 30 months. So for his welcome-back weekend he’ll be joining our
Jean-Luc Columbo rep Jen Brooks and pouring you some solid wines from the Rhone Valley… his favorite!
What happens when you combine a creative, adventurous spirit with an unbridled passion for wines of quality and character? For lovers of fine wines from France’s Rhône Valley, the answer is simple: Jean-Luc Colombo.
Hailed as “the winemaking wizard” of the Rhône, Colombo has achieved a high-profile international reputation for innovative wines, bursting with personality.
A native of Marseilles, Colombo developed a strong admiration for the wines of the Rhône Valley in the late 1970s. A devotee of the Syrah grape, he was convinced that the northern Rhône appellation of Cornas offered enormous potential for producing stellar quality Syrah. Following his conviction, he opened his own winey in Cornas and developed a thriving reputation as a wine consultant, breathing new life into the then-obscure wines of Cornas.
Jean-Luc Colombo representative Jen Brooks will be here on North Union Street on Saturday pouring this lineup from 11am – 3pm… then Stephan will take over from 5pm – 9pm!
I’m really stoked about this trio of Cotes du Rhone… we’ll start with a fresh 2012 dry Rosé, then get into the 2011 crisp Clairette-based white, and finally the spicy and silky 2010 GSM red blend, love these wines!
JLC 2012 Cape Bleue Rosé
Syrah 67% | Mourvèdre 33%
From the “Blue Cape,” hilly vineyards with light, stony limestone soils above the bay of Marseille. This region benefits from a warm Mediterranean climate.
Traditional “saignée” method is used – where the crushed red grapes are soaked until the desired color is achieved. The must is then fermented for two to three weeks in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, clarified, stabilized and bottled immediately after.
A delicate salmon pink color. Subtle hints of peach, rose petal and soft pepper on the nose. Round and full of finesse. Surprisingly complex, with intriguing notes of raspberries, fresh cherry, black olive and fennel… such a cool wine! A great rosé to enjoy on its own or with a wide range of appetizers, fish, poultry dishes and vegetarian fare. A perfect wine to share with friends. 965 cases produced.
JLC 2011 Les Abeilles CdR Blanc
Clairette 80 % | Roussanne 20%
Les Abeilles “The Bees” is named for these mysterious creatures that inhabit the vineyards where this Côtes du Rhône is produced. Jean- Luc Colombo’s appreciation for the natural environment of living creatures creates an atmosphere in which insects, animals and grape vines co-exist and flourish. This can only be accomplished with sustainable vineyard practices where no harsh pesticides are used.
Grapes are hand-picked from vineyards in Cairanne, Rasteau and Vacqueyras in the Southern Rhône. After harvest grapes are fermented at a low temperature in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged on its lees, 15% in oak barrels and 85% in stainless steel tanks to preserve its freshness.
This tastes more like a serious Chateauneuf- du-Pape Blanc than a Cotes du Rhone with copious amount of minerality, stone fruits, peach, fennel, and honeycomb aromas on the nose. Deep, layered, and pure, this impressive CdR Blanc is drinking beautifully with notable freshness, pure fruit, and a focused, clean finish. A food-friendly wine which perfectly matches grilled lamb, pork and assorted cheeses.
JLC 2010 Les Abeilles CdR Rouge
Grenache 33 % | Syrah 34% | Mourvedre 33%
From ancient terraced vineyards comprised of gravel on a bed of sandy clay in the area of Cairanne and Gigondas in the southern Rhône Valley these grapes are harvested manually, then de-stemmed, lightly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. 20% of the wine is aged in 2- to 3-year-old oak for nine months before bottling.
A fantastic CdR Rouge this wine delivers a classic array of bright black cherry, black currant, violets, garrigue, and licorice on the nose. Beautifully intense and rich aromatically, it doesn’t lose a beat on the palate and is medium to full-bodied and loaded with fruit, showcasing notable purity, a voluptuous texture, and big, mouth coating tannin that emerges on the finish. It needs an hour of air to shine currently, and will be even better in a year or two. I would consume bottles over the coming 5-8 years, yet a decade of prime drinking isn’t out of the question here. This wine will perfectly match grilled lamb, pork and assorted cheeses.