Get ready, the 2009 Rhone reds are starting to arrive and if the ones we've tasted are any indication, the 2009's will be better than the 2007's! That's right, 2009 is another blockbuster vintage in Rhone!
Some of our favorite Rhone reds hail from the region of Hermitage, but those gems won't be available for another year or so and can get quite pricey. But have no fear, if you look carefully enough you can experience the pleasures of Hermitage in hand picked Crozes-Hermitage, a Rhone appellation located at the base of Hermitage.
Enter the 2009 Domaine des Lises Equinoxe, a little gem we found from the son of Alaine Graillot, the famed Rhone pioneer. Like a rising tide lifting all boats, the 2009 Domaine des Lises Equinoxe offers Hermitage quality but without
Light enough to enjoy on its own but rustic enough to pair at a barbecue, this wine is bottled on the Vernal Equinox and is the perfect balance of classic Rhone elegance and the rustic terroir of Crozes-Hermitage.
Roasted oak and fresh herbs fill the glass with layers of strawberry and blackberry fruit underpinned by notes of tapenade, spice and fresh forest floor aromas. Unlike California Syrah which can be extracted and jammy, this Crozes-Hermitage is rustic and gritty, yet is delightfully smooth and silky.
Enjoy this Rhone red with any of your favorite summer dinners, perhaps a spicy grilled steak with fresh garden greens or hearty lamb chops with balsamic reduction.
$19.95 per bottle / $239.40 per case