Savory Savoie: 2011Philippe Ravier Roussanne

2011 PHILIPPE RAVIER Roussanne

ravWe’ve been seeing plenty of roussanne based wines coming from various NW wineries. They are usually fairly good, but unfortunately priced at about $15-$20 or more. Now here’s the thing: they are nowhere near as satisfying as this beautifully rendered bottle from Philippe Ravier’s tiny estate in eastern France’s picturesque Savoie region. It has classic mineral, citrus, apple, and floral-spice tinged fruit, with rich texture and a real presence on the palate. It is full enough to strand to a remarkable array of food choices, and owing to its complete lack of oak, a crisp, vibrant, palate awakening vibrancy that I find impossible no to love! A really terrific wine for this absurdly fair price.

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2013 Love & Squalor Pinot gris
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We’ve been seeing plenty of roussanne based wines coming from various NW wineries. They are usually fairly good, but unfortunately priced at about $15-$20 or more. Now here’s the thing: they are n[more]

This hasn’t happened in a long time: a wine comes in from an area that I like but have never really been overly impressed with, and WHAM!, suddenly my palate pops open, my mind’s expectati[more]