2007 Cotes du Rhone: Gigondas in Disguise

Monday, January 18, 2010 2:50 PM

2007 Cotes du Rhone: Gigondas in Disguise

2007 Domaine Santa Duc Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes

2007 Domaine Santa Duc Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes

Red Wine; Rhone Blend; Rhone;
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I’m such a “bottle half full” guy that every January I am awash in optimism. This year is no exception. We are soon to be visited by a plethora of favorite musical acts, my Betterment Campaign is still going strong, and I am confident that in spite of my current state of blockage, I will bust out some quality lyrics for the growing list of songs I have written recently. If that’s not enough, how ’bout some new wines to taste?Oh yes, David’s in France on his annual tasting trip, and we are all anxiously awaiting to hear of his discoveries. Ah, but before we march further into the year, let me tell you about a wine that surreptitiously popped in last month.

 

We’ve always been big fans of the wines from Domaine Santa Duc, in factI’ve written about them before. To me, winemaker Yves Gras makes some of the most complex and interesting wines in the southern Rhone. They are spicy and intense, yet elegant enough to allow for all the complexities to parade around your palate. If you’ve heard or read anything about 2007 in the Rhone Valley, you wouldn’t be surprised to hear that we received several phone calls from many a customer asking to buy the 2007 Santa Duc’s on pre-arrival. We still have a tiny bit of Gras’ 2007 Gigondas and Gigondas “Prestige des Hautes Garrigues”, but in a vintage like 2007, one doesn’t necessarily need to pony over that kind of dough to get something special. I recently overheard David chatting with a long-time customer about the vintage, and though he agrees it is a spectacular one for the upper crust wines, it is truly a, his words, “Cotes du Rhone vintage”. If you think about it, it makes a ton of sense. Ideal weather and old vines. Hmmm, that rings a bell. The 2007 Domaine Santa Duc Cotes du Rhone “Vieilles Vignes” could very well be one of those upper crust wines in disguise! Crafted with 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre, it is technically a Cotes du Rhone Villages wine as the grapes come from the best designated villages of the appellation (Rasteau, Vacqueyras, Seguret, and Rouaix). It shows plenty of muscle, amazing fruit, it speaks of a place, and has that quintessential Santa Duc cracked pepper thing. Sure the Chateauneufs and Gigondas received tons of praise, and rightfully so; but if you like red Rhone wines, you owe it to yourself to have a stash of 2007 Cotes du Rhones! I can easily see this wine lasting 5-10 years if cellared properly.

 

So, having some 2007 Cotes du Rhone tucked away in the cellar is just another reason to look forward to the new year ahead. Another great thing that is happening, thanks to many of you, is the ramping up of our web presence. For over two years now, we’ve been blogging. Well sort of. Our blog site has been merely an archive for many of the emails we send out. Not any more. Our new kid on the block, Emily Crichton has already posted two blog-only entries, has threatened to post more, and has inspired me to follow suit. So, so much to look forward to. – Peter Zavialoff

 

Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments about 2007 Rhone wines, renewed optimism, ideas for song lyrics, our blog, or the thrashing of Sunderland: peter.winehouse@sbcglobal.net

Half Bottles, Giving Thanks, and Betterment

Monday, November 23, 2009 4:29 PM

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In an earlier Sunday email,I wrote something about shivering in November. I was right. My fingers feel like they’ve been forming snowballs. Thanksgiving is next week, and I am certain we all have things to do and people to share them with. Earlier today, I exchanged emails with our DJ pal Arden at KPIG radio, and she agreed with me that although it’s nice to get together with loved ones and celebrate Thanksgiving, conceptually, every day should be for giving thanks. I’m certainly thankful to have a friend like Arden who is a wealth of knowledge of all things musical and so much more, who plays a request for us almost every Saturday and gives us a shout over the airwaves. So there. Giving thanks. Every day. 

Something else I’ve been doing every day since sometime in late spring, is use the word “betterment”. It has made a world of difference in the way I feel each day. Better than any New Year’s resolution, my betterment campaign goes something like this: Whenever any decision needs to be made, I ask myself the question, “Is this for the betterment?” Somehow, this seems to be working. Some nights, I find myself alone in the treehouse cooking up something for dinner. But what to do regarding the wine? Opening a full bottle is not an acceptable practice if one is flying solo. As a charter member of the Betterment Society, I give thanks to the inventors of the half-bottle! Half bottles are an absolute boon to those who love wine. Even in groups, we can taste so much more and not have do deal with the excess. The betterment is not confined to what I am drinking either. Exercise and nutrition are part of the program as well, and for the latter, I routinely check out Summer Tomato. It is a blog run by a San Francisco Foodie, health enthusiast, wine loving scientist. Checking in there has been an inspiration that I am truly thankful for. Let’s just say that I never thought I would walk out of a farmers’ market with a bag of kale, let alone know how to prepare it. Don’t miss the recipes! Giving thanks.

Anyhoo. Back to the half bottle thing. We have a multitude of 375 ml bottles to choose from ranging from Sancerre, Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Sauternes. I’m all over the map when it comes to these little beauties and enjoy them all. I’ll list a few of my favorites below.I can’t conclude without thanking you, our customers, for your continued patronage. We wouldn’t be here without you. It is always a pleasure helping you find those wines that put smiles on your faces. Many of you have been very complimentary regarding our write-ups, and I am always touched to hear your kind words. Giving thanks.Peter Zavialoff

 

Feel free to email me with any questions or comments about Thanksgiving, The Betterment Society, Half Bottles, The Upcoming Chelsea v Arsenal Match, or anything else: peter.winehouse@sbcglobal.net

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