A blend of 70% Viognier and 30% Roussanne, the 2014 C?tes du Rh?ne La Redonne Blanc is a terrific white that should represent value. Raised mostly in stainless steel (a small part of the Roussanne was in barrel), it has lots of saline and marine-like minerality as well as classic Viognier notes of tangerines, orange blossom and white peach. Medium-bodied, juicy, fruity, yet always clean and crisp, it has tons to love and will be a terrific meal-starter over the coming year or two.
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Côtes du Rhône "La Redonne"
Appellation Côtes du Rhône Contrôlée
Grape Varieties70% Viognier & 30% Roussanne
AppellationCotes du Rhone AOC
DescriptionHailed as the winemaking wizard of the Rhone, Jean-Luc Colombo has achieved a high-profile international reputation for making innovative wines that are original, memorable and bursting with personality. Despite a resolute aversion to change in the Cornas region, Colombo has brazenly introduced innovative methods in his vineyards and throughout the production process based on a respect for nature and his fundamental belief that good wine is the culmination of three key elements: terroir, human endeavor and modern winemaking techniques. The result? A more accessible style of Rhone Valley wines, reflecting an exuberance of fruit and depth of expression and showcasing the full potential of the Syrah grape when grown in the unique terroir of Cornas. Through his intense dedication, Colombo has brought the wines of Cornas into the international limelight. The company now embraces wines representing major appellations of the Rhone Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France.
VinificationGrapes are harvested manually in small baskets and vinified in stainless steel tanks. 20% of the wine is matured on its lees in two- or three-year-old barrels; 80% is matured on its lees in tanks to enhance freshness. The wine is aged for 12 months.
ColorLight straw gold.
NoseViognier brings finesse and aromatic richness of flowers and the Roussane brings strength and round aromas of yellow fruit.
PalateExotic flavors of mangos and apricots are perfectly balanced by a nice acidity.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13 %pH: 3.59RS: <1.0 g/L
Serving SuggestionsPerfect as an aperitif, it will also complement fish, shellfish, pasta in cream-based sauce and roasted poultry.