Hospice Du Rhône 2016—The Preliminaries

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
Patsy #1a 4-14-16

Welcoming Party, Patsy Cline Tribute group

Before HdR formally began, there was a smaller, private welcoming party on Thursday, April 14.  Of the many wines served, here were some of my standouts:

  1. 2013 Treana White. A blend of Viognier and Marsanne, this was a wonderfully aromatic white wine full of peaches and white flowers, with a medium-weight midpalate.  Very nicely priced at around $16 retail.
  1. 2015 Withers Rosé. My first taste of wine from this producer, and a very good blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre .  One of my favorite new rosé wines tasted from HdR, and a good value in the low $20’s (not yet distributed in California).
  1. 2015 Halter Ranch Rosé. A blend of Grenache, Picpoul, Mourvedre, and Syrah.  Lots of lovely strawberry and slight rhubarb notes, with an excellent fruit/acid balance.  Another excellent value for about $18 retail.
  1. 2013 Tenet “The Pundit” Syrah. A relatively new wine venture from Columbia Valley, this wine is mostly Syrah, with a touch of Grenache and Syrah, and co-fermented with a small amount of Viognier.  While there was plenty of ripe midpalate fruit, there were good notes of garrigue and olives.  Some noticeable oak, but not obtrusive.  Again, an excellent value for about $18-$20 retail.
Jamet #1a

1995 and 1997 Jamets


After the welcoming party, several of us got together for a dinner at Robert’s Restaurant in downtown Paso.  While many fine bottles were opened, one of the highlights was a comparison of the 1995 and 1997 Jamet Cote-Rotiés.  The 1997 was popped and poured, and was beautifully aromatic from the get-go.  Based on Cellartracker notes, I decided to open the 1995 about 4 hours before dinner, with a quick double-decant.  Even with that, it took the 1995 quite some time to come around; initially the nose was rather mute and the midpalate was closed/tart compared to the 1997.  That began to change after 30-45 minutes in the glass, and by the end of dinner the 1995 was really coming to life.  A fun side-by-side comparison.

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