Perman Wine Selections Friday Feature – 9/10/10

Hello and Happy Friday!

I wanted to thank everyone for all the well wishes recently. My wife and I are very excited about our new baby boy – Ellis Lawrence Perman. He was born on August 31st, and we are having a great time hanging out with him now that he is home. We appreciate all your patience with the crazy store hours.

In other exciting news – today is the three year anniversary of my store opening! A big thank you to all of my loyal customers, I really appreciate all your support and referrals.

I am always trying to improve what I do, and next week I will have details on some of the exciting new changes here at Perman Wine Selections. So be on the lookout!

Also next week, I will have a brand new events calendar – there will be lots of exciting in-store tastings, not to mention another collaboration with X-Marx, where we are bringing our food and wine talents to the woods! Be on the lookout for more details.

I couldn’t leave you on a Friday without a great wine suggestion, and I’m very excited about today’s feature. As many of you know I am a huge fan of the wines of the Southern Rhône Valley.

Today’s feature highlights a fantastic Côtes du Rhône that is also being offered at a special low price. This is one to stock up on!

Have a great weekend,
Craig

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2006 DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES “TERRE D’ARGILE”
Over 10 years ago I made my first journey to the Southern Rhône Valley of France. I was there to visit the top producers to learn what made each producer unique.

Still to this day, my first visit to Domaine de la Janasse in the village of Courthézon remains as clear in my mind as if it were yesterday.

My friend Bryan and I were there to visit with winemaker Christophe Sabon. It was a marathon tasting – the type that leaves almost no tank or barrel un-tasted.

At that time Janasse was a pretty well known producer, although not the rock star that they are today. I’ve seen and certainly tasted the growth and evolution of this producer. The house style has a foot in the modern and a foot in the traditional world. What is most impressive about the wines is their ability to age, while still tasting great from day one.

Aside from the superlatives, it is important to know some of the following facts about Domaine de la Janasse. This is a family estate – with two generations of Sabon’s working together. I would consider this a medium sized producer with around 138 acres of vines in total. The vineyards are worked organically, although not certified. Each wine, and even grape is aged in different ways, with Grenache typically in vat, and grapes like Syrah and Mourvèdre often in small barrels.

Overall there is a wide range of wines at the domaine, each offering a different expression.
While this is an estate that is largely known for its three different cuvée of Châteauneuf-du-Pape – they also excel with three different types of Côtes du Rhône.

The wine featured today “Terre d’Argile” is a Côtes du Rhône Villages which denotes a step up from the entry-level Côtes du Rhône. The name of the wine refers to the soil type, which is composed of red clay and pebbles, and comes from a specific area north of Courthézon.

It is a blend of 1/3 each Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Low yields are the key here, with the Sabon’s doing a green harvest which takes away between 30-40% of the clusters.
Once the grapes are harvested they are vinified then aged in a mixture of barrels and vats.

The results are an incredibly complex and aromatic red wine with hints at red licorice, pepper, kirsch and chocolate on the nose. The palate is seamless, with rich red and black fruits, plenty of pepper and bitter chocolate notes on the long finish. This shows signs of even further greatness, and while it is delicious now it will certainly evolve through 2016.

Longtime followers of this wine may notice the dramatic price break on it. When it was first released it was $25 per bottle. The distributor is clearing a little bit of room and has offered this wine to me at a phenomenal price.

This will beat up a lot of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at three times the price, and no fan of Southern Rhône reds should miss this. It won’t be around forever – so secure some today!
$17.99 BTL. / $215.88 CASE – NORMALLY $25 BOTTLE!

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