Here's what Jeb Dunnuck has to say about the 2016 vintage in the Southern Rhône:
"The 2016 vintage was truly extraordinary for the Southern Rhône and is a vintage that readers should buy with abandon. This is the greatest young vintage from the Southern Rhône Valley I’ve ever tasted, both in terms of quality as well as consistency."
If that kind of praise piques your palate, you're in luck this weekend: Peter will be here in the shop this Saturday to celebrate the release of the 2016 Southern Rhône vintage! Join us from noon to 4pm for a special tasting event featuring 6 beautiful (and eminently affordable) examples of the vintage that we're excited to share with you.
Given the talented producers in our Rhône portfolio, it's no surprise that several of our 2016 wines are among the highest rated of the vintage.
4 of the wines we'll pour on Saturday earned 91 points or higher (and 2 are rated at 95 or higher), despite the fact that they come in at a range of extremely reasonable price points.
For example, you'll be able to get an excellent Gigondas (96 points!) from elite producer Domaine Saint-Damien for under $30, and terrific cuvées from southern Rhône heavyweights Domaine Charvin, Raymond Usseglio, Domaine de Ferrand, and Domaine Les Grand Bois for under $20 when you buy by the 6-pack or case.
We'll also spotlight a plush 95-point Châteauneuf-du-Pape—a bottling from Raymond Usseglio full of lively red fruit and earthy spices—for just $48/btl.