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Now Available: Blockbuster Northern Rhône Reds from the “Sensational” 2015 Vintage - 01/25/2018 - Rhone Valley

Jeb Dunnuck just released his report on the 2015 Northern Rhône vintage and, as we expected, he fell head-over-heels for these blockbusters. He was so impressed, in fact, he placed the 2015s qualitatively above such historic vintages as 2009 and 2010. Pretty impressive given that this pair of vintages is still be talked about (and collected) to this day! Across the Northern Rhône, producers capitalized on the ideal growing conditions, crafting wines that as Dunnuck put it “possess deep, saturated purple colors, rich, unctuous textures, sweet tannins, and incredible charm.” Needless to say, hard core fans and casual drinkers alike are going to want to go long on these 2015s. Not only will the vintage allow for great near-term enjoyment, almost all of the top wines have serious aging potential. These are great candidates to buy a few bottles for now and a few more to enjoy over the the next 10, 15, 30-plus years. Assembled here are six domains that really took advantage of this sensational vintage. You’ll find such legendary names as Alain Voge, Jamet, Rostaing, Ferraton, and more. The bulk are available via pre-arrival (with a few in-stock), making this your first and best opportunity to secure these legendary bottlings. As you might expect, allocations are super tight, so don’t wait too long to place your order.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Alain Voge "Les Chailles" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) 95 $49.99 View
2015 Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) 95 $89.99 View
2015 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas "Les Vieilles Fontaines" (Pre-Arrival) 98 $189.99 View
2015 Domaine Garon "Les Triotes" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 93 $44.99 View
2015 Domaine Garon "Les Rochins" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 95 $69.99 View
2015 Domaine Garon "Lancement" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 98 $119.99 View
2015 Domaine Belle "Roche Pierre" Crozes-Hermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival) 96 $44.99 View
2015 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 97 $189.99 View
2015 Rene Rostaing "Ampodium" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 94 $59.99 View
2015 Rene Rostaing "La Landonne" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 99 $179.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Calendes" Crozes-Hermitage 94 $22.99 View
2015 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Le Grand Courtil" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 94 $29.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Grands Muriers" Cornas 98 $39.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Miaux" Hermitage 95 $54.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "L'Eglantine" Côte-Rôtie 96 $54.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Montmain" Côte-Rôtie 96 $59.99 View
2015 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Lieu Dit Saint Joseph" St. Joseph (Pre-Arrival) 97 $59.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Eygats" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) 97 $69.99 View


2015 Alain Voge "Les Chailles" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "An understated style, but focus and youll see just how lovely the cassis, cherry and raspberry flavors are, carried by riveting acidity and flecked with notes of powdered white pepper and violet. An iron girder drives the finish, pulling everything along. This is defined by pure, sleek cut. Best from 2020 through 2035." (09/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "Needs a little breathing space to open. This offers up dark plums and red cherries with wild herbs and wet slate. The palate has a crisp, fine-grained texture with smooth and fluid dark fruit and dark chocolate flavors. Tannins are a highlight super plush and long. Drink now. (NS)" (12/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As to the 2015 reds, I wasnt able to taste the 2015 Cornas Vieilles Fontaines, but based on the showing of the Vieilles Vignes, I have no doubt it will be a sensational wine. As to the young vine cuvée, notes of wild herbs, peppered meats, garrigue, and sweet currants and blackberries all emerge from Voge's 2015 Cornas les Chailles, and it has full-bodied richness and incredible purity. As always, it has a polished, seamless style, yet it is 100% Cornas through and through. It should drink nicely in its youth and last for 15+ years. Winemaker Albéric Mazoyer continues to keep this estate at the top of the pyramid in Cornas. The winemaking is impeccable, with one foot in the past and one in the future, which is always a good sign. The 2014s reviewed here all showed well in the vintage, and while they lack the depth and richness found in the 2015s, they have beautiful purity and will drink well in their youth. The 2015s are incredibly rich, unctuous beauties that are going to rival the 2009s and 2010s. Dont miss them!" (12/2016)

93 points Vinous: "Lurid ruby. Aromas of ripe dark berries and pungent flowers are lifted by intense mineral and peppery spice flourishes. Spicy and focused on the palate, offering intense blackberry and violet pastille flavors and salty olive and violet nuances. Puts on weight with air while maintaining vivacity. Finishes bright, smooth and impressively long, displaying excellent clarity, harmonious tannins and building spiciness. (JR)" (04/2018)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The young(er) vine cuvée is the 2015 Cornas Les Chailles which comes from the Chaillot, Mazards, Chapuze, and Combe lieux-dits. Its all destemmed and brought up in older barrels. It offers terrific black fruits, saddle leather, bouquet garni and floral/violet aromas and flavors, full-bodied richness, plenty of sweet tannin and a great finish. It's going to be a terrific value." (01/2018)

2015 Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Rich, deep and layered, the 2015 Cornas Vieilles Vignes has it all. Big fruit allied to spicy complexity? Check. Ample tannins that are fully ripe? Check. A finish that extends for days? Check. Oh, you want details? Hints of brown sugar, savory spices and roast meat accent black berry and plum fruit, and while the mid-palate is dense and tannic, those tannins actually turn more supple and approachable on the lingering finish. (JC)" (12/2017)

94 points Vinous: "Brilliant purple. A highly perfumed bouquet displays ripe, mineral-tinged black and blue fruit, potpourri and incense qualities. Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering densely packed yet energetic boysenberry, candied licorice and violet flavors enlivened by an undercurrent of juicy acidity. Smoothly blends richness and finesse and closes extremely long and youthfully tannic, leaving behind sexy floral pastille and dark berry liqueur notes. (JR)" (04/2018)

2015 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas "Les Vieilles Fontaines" (Pre-Arrival) - 6 available ($189.99)

96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Not yet bottled, the flagship 2015 Cornas Les Vieilles Fontaines comes from a tiny parcel of very old vines and granite soils and is brought up in 25% new barrels. Its inky purple color is followed by a terrific perfume of blackberry liqueur, blueberries, ground herbs, new saddle leather and violets. Deep, rich and concentrated, with a classic, focused style, it has terrific purity of fruit, ripe, polished tannin and a big finish. It's not the biggest example of this cuvée, yet it's perfectly balanced, elegant and seamless.Unfortunately, I had an off bottle of the 2015 Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes, but Ill purchase a bottle locally as soon as possible and update the report. Nevertheless, winemaker Albéric Mazoyer has produced brilliant 2015s and 2016s." (01/2018)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Only produced in top vintages (this is the first since 2012), the 2015 Cornas Vieilles Fontaines comes from 80-year-old vines within the La Fontaine lieu-dit. It's a tough wine to evaluate at this stage, as it's quite closed and reticent on the nose, showing some crushed-stone notes and typical granite-based austerity, but on the palate it shows great purity of fruit and vigor. It's full-bodied but tight-laced, focused on driving through the long finish like a thoroughbred down the stretch. Give it at least 5 years in the cellar. (JC)" (12/2017)

95 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. Mineral-accented aromas of ripe blackberry, cherry liqueur, licorice candy and vanilla, plus an exotic Indian spice nuance that gains strength as the wine opens up. At once weighty and energetic, offering densely packed black and blue fruit preserve flavors and hints of candied flowers, smoky minerals and spicecake. Smoothly blends power and energy and finishes pure and extremely long, featuring repeating spiciness and smooth, harmonious tannins. (JR)" (04/2018)

2015 Domaine Garon "Les Triotes" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Leading off the 2015s from bottle, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Les Triotes checks in as 100% Syrah thats from four lieux-dits: La Triotes, le Mollard, le Combard and Lancement. Its mostly destemmed and spent 20 months in French oak. Its beautifully perfumed and offers classic blackberry and darker fruits, peppery, dried earth and obvious minerality. With a medium to full-bodied, ripe, concentrated, opulent style on the palate, its a beautiful wine Id happily drink over the coming 10-15 years." (01/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The domaine's main (blended) cuvée, the 2015 Cote Rotie Les Triotes is full-bodied, rich and creamy, yet it retains delicate florals and bright cassis aromas. I suppose it may be a bit too much like chocolate-laced spice cake or fruitcake for purists, but it was shining on the day I tasted it, harmonious and long on the finish. (JC)" (12/2017)

2015 Domaine Garon "Les Rochins" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Côte Rôtie Les Rochins comes all from the same named lieu-dit which is brown schist soils. Its mostly destemmed (theres 20% stems) and sees 21 months in French oak. Loaded with smoky, meaty, barbecue notions, full-bodied, ripe, and sexy, with a core of blackberry and raspberry fruit, this terrific 2015 has sweet tannin, no hard edges, and a great finish. Like a lot of 2015s, its already hard to resist, yet is going to cruise for 15 years or more." (01/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a lieu-dit adjoining La Landonne and Côte Rozier, the 2015 Cote Rotie les Rochins shows remarkable purity of fruit. The cassis waves come crashing down terraced slopes in a rich, velvety wave. It's a bit jammy, in the character of the vintage, but what did you expect? It should drink well through its 20th birthday. (JC)" (12/2017)

2015 Domaine Garon "Lancement" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($119.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A true blockbuster is the 2015 Côte Rôtie Lancement, unquestionably the finest wine Ive tasted from this family. Black raspberries, vanilla spice, dried flowers, and classic Côte Rôtie meatiness all emerge from this full-bodied, powerful, concentrated effort that stays perfectly balanced, light on its feet, and graceful. This is what great Côte Rôtie is all about! Drink it anytime over the coming 20-25 years." (01/2018)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The firm, chewy 2015 Cote Rotie Lancement will require some patience, but I'm confident the wait will pay off. Complex aromas of ash, plum and spice lead into a rich, medium to full-bodied palate that's packed with ripe tannins. Plum and berry notes come through on the dusty finish, so give this several years in the cellar. (JC)" (12/2017)

2015 Domaine Belle "Roche Pierre" Crozes-Hermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Simply one of the best (if not the best) Crozes Hermitage I've ever tasted, Belle's 2015 Crozes Hermitage Roche Pierre is a huge, full-bodied wine with immense richness and unfathomable length. Crushed stone and black olive aromas set the scene, then masses of fine tannins leave behind an indelible yet velvety imprint on the palate. Mocha, stone and spice elements whirl together on the finish, transporting the taster to gnarly old vines on craggy granite slopes. The Belle family treats this wine like Hermitage, and in this vintage, it even surpasses their Hermitage. Wow. Domaine Belle is one of the most consistent and reliable producers of Crozes Hermitage. While the family doesn't shy away from the use of oak, there's either less new oak than there used to be, or the wines are more intense and fruity, because in 2015 and 2016 they seem to have got the balance close to perfect. Philippe Belle, joined by his son, Guillaume, showed me the latest vintages during my visit in early November.(JC)" (12/2017)

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Not yet bottled, the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Roche Pierre is the flagship cuvée from Crozes-Hermitage and will spend a full 26 months in barrel. Cassis, toasty oak, espresso and floral notes all emerge from this beautifully concentrated, yet elegant Crozes that has ripe, present tannin and a great finish. It's more than a little impressive and easily the finest version I've tried from this estate to date." (01/2018)

2015 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($189.99)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Côte Rôtie was scheduled to be bottled not long after my visit. This is an undeniably great vintage at this address, even if Jean-Paul prefers his 2016s, calling 2015 'too much.' Its worth pointing out that he thought the same about his 1991, which is a borderline perfect wine today. The 2015 sports a deep ruby/purple color to go with searing notes of pepper, smoked meats, flowers, and assorted black and blue fruits. With full-bodied richness, a concentrated, thick mid-palate, sweet, yet present tannin, and a huge finish, this is a wine to back up the truck for. A warning, however -- its not for those looking for instant gratification.Readers looking for classic, old-school, age-worthy Cote Rotie should look no further than the wines from Jean-Paul and Corinne Jamet. While 2015 is an incredible vintage for this estate, the 2016s are also some of the more impressive in the appellation." (01/2018)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Cote Rotie was scheduled to be bottled the day after my visit, so I tasted the final blend from tank. Jean-Paul describes the vintage as a cross between 2009 and 2010, adding that "as it's aged, it's gotten less broad and longer." The warmth of the year hasn't detracted from the wine's floral aromas, and the berry fruit is still fresh but concentrated. This medium to full-bodied wine is rich and tannic but also ripe and almost creamy on the mid-palate, finishing with hints of tapenade. It should begin to drink well by age 10, although it's far from unapproachable now. Aside from Guigal, I know of no other producer with such extensive experience with so many of Côte Rôtie's various lieux-dits. Tasting at Jamet hilltop cellar is always a study in geology and microclimate more than anything else, as the winemaking is resolutely traditional. All of the Côte Rôtie parcels are vinified as whole bunches, and there's still only a small proportion of new wood in the cellars, so it's possible to really taste nuances in the various barrels. Jean-Paul Jamet is always gracious with his time and wine, making it a true pleasure to visit." (12/2017)

93-95 points Vinous: "(95% whole clusters): Opaque ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh black and blue fruits, candied licorice and dark chocolate, with a sexy floral note adding complexity. Broad, seamless and appealingly sweet, offering intense blackcurrant and boysenberry flavors that are energized by a refreshing snap of juicy acidity. Blends richness and vivacity smoothly and finishes very long and youthfully tannic, leaving a sappy dark fruit note behind. (JR)" (04/2017)

2015 Rene Rostaing "Ampodium" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled in July, the 2015 Cote Rotie Ampodium is fairly full-bodied and quite rich. The black olive and raspberry notes verge on being jammy but are balanced by peppery spice and firm, savory tannins. Give it 5 years in the cellar to settle down, and drink it over the next decade and a half or more. For an entry-level wine, it's remarkable. (JC)" (12/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A bright flash of white pepper gives way to bay leaf, crushed bitter plum and raspberry coulis flavors, with a sleek iron edge. Racy and youthfully taut, but shows ample stuffing for cellaring. (JM)" (02/2018)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the 2015s, all of which were tasted out of bottle, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Ampodium is well worth your time and money. Dark fruits, peppery, licorice, and ground herb characteristics flow to a full-bodied, impressively endowed, ripe, balanced 2015 that will drink nicely for 10-15 years.The son of René, Pierre Rostaing, is now taking a more leading role in this terrific estate. The 2015s are beautiful wines, but dont discount the 2016s, which are almost as impressive." (01/2018)

92 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. Highly perfumed, displaying ripe dark berry, olive and violet scents energized by a peppery spice nuance. Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet blackberry and cherry liqueur flavors and allspice and camphor notes. Supple tannins sneak in late and fold smoothly into the lush dark fruit on the clinging finish. (JR)" (04/2018)

2015 Rene Rostaing "La Landonne" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($179.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Am I being stingy in only awarding Rostaing's 2015 Cote Rotie la Landonne 99+ points? This is a tremendous wine, showing immense richness and power without any apparent weight. Raspberries flood the palate in waves, accented by various spices in a wine that's intensely tannic yet never hard or astringent. Breathtaking stuff. (JC) 99+" (12/2017)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Côte Rôtie La Landonne is more tannic and structured, with the smoky, meaty, mineral-laced bouquet I always find in this terroir. Black, black fruits, full body, a layered, rich, opulent texture, and building tannin make for one seriously impressive Côte Rôtie that needs to be forgotten for 5-7 years. It will last for 2-3 decades. The son of René, Pierre Rostaing, is now taking a more leading role in this terrific estate. The 2015s are beautiful wines, but dont discount the 2016s, which are almost as impressive." (01/2018)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A broad and deep wine, filled with dark fig, blackberry and boysenberry compote flavors that are layered with graphite, warm ganache and smoldering tobacco flavors. A warm cast iron notes echoes resoundingly through the finish, which is laden with serious grip. (JM)" (02/2018)

95 points Vinous: "Inky ruby. Deep-pitched, smoke- and spice-accented aromas of black currant and cherry compote, violet and incense take on a hint of exotic spices with air. Lush and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated black and blue fruit liqueur, licorice and spicecake flavors that are sharpened by a smoky mineral element. Becomes sweeter and livelier with air and finishes extremely long, featuring rounded tannins and lingering spiciness. (JR)" (04/2018)

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2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Calendes" Crozes-Hermitage ($22.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better than the La Matiniere cuvée, the 2015 Crozes Hermitage Les Calendes (100% Syrah, destemmed and aged in concrete) offers lots of graphite and minerality, as well as full-bodied richness, a thick, unctuous texture, present tannin and a great finish. Again, the value here is about as good as it gets. At the moment, all of the Crozes Hermitage releases share a lot of similarities, but Im sure theyll show more singular characters with additional time in barrel. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

90-92 points Vinous: "Bright ruby. Assertively perfumed aromas of raspberry, cherry pit, licorice and woodsmoke, lifted by a spicy hint of white pepper. Sappy and expansive in the mouth, offering ripe red and dark berry and violet pastille flavors that put on weight with air. The lively, smoke-tinged, persistent finish shows resonating spiciness, sneaky tannins and a whiplash of sweet red fruit." (04/2017)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "As to the Crozes-Hermitage releases, the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Les Calendes was reductive and a touch hard to read, yet has solid fruit, full-bodied richness, impressive purity and ample tannin. Give it a few years.The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? Theyre made in tiny quantities and theres just not enough to go around. For readers who dont know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team." (01/2018)

2015 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Le Grand Courtil" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($29.99)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming from a single vineyard of gravelly, sandy soils near Mercurol, the 2015 Crozes Ermitage Le Grand Courtil is another killer wine. Blackberries, black raspberries, cassis, crushed herbs and gravelly, mineral notes all give way to a full-bodied, ripe, concentrated Crozes that shines for its purity and balance. Forget bottles for 3-4 years and drink it over the following decade.The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? Theyre made in tiny quantities and theres just not enough to go around. For readers who dont know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team." (01/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The most expensive Crozes release is the 2015 Crozes Hermitage Le Grand Courtil, which comes from a single parcel of sedimentary soils and is raised in 15% new barrels. Its another locked and loaded Crozes that has tons of fruit, a deep, saturated purple color, good acidity and ripe, sweet tannin. At the moment, all of the Crozes Hermitage releases share a lot of similarities, but Im sure theyll show more singular characters with additional time in barrel. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

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2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Grands Muriers" Cornas ($39.99)

98 points Decanter: "Ferraton Père & Fils was established in 1946 by Jean Orëns Ferraton. His son, Michel, continued his work and added further to the range of wines. Today, Ferraton Père & Fils produces a huge range of Rhône wines from Hermitage to St-Péray, with added help from long-time friend Michel Chapoutier who, in 1998, introduced new appellations to the business, as well as creating a plot-selection approach and biodynamic practices. These changes have put Ferraton Père & Fils and winemaker Damien Brisset in the spotlight. Les Grands Mûriers is one of three Cornas wines produced. The vines are grown mainly on decomposed granite soils with the rest on clay and limestone. Gearoid Devaney MS: 'A classic Cornas that is brimming with ripe fruit and delicious spices. There is a beguiling blood-red meat and iron element here, and great energy and tension from the tannins. It needs time, but the finish is long. Simon Field MW: A traditional wine that is rigorous and magnificently unapproachable at present. It is tannic, firm and long; I am so pleased that this style still persists and flourishes -- bravo!' Matt Walls: 'Dense, herbal and oaky aromatics unfold elegantly onto a full-bodied, powerful and lush palate. It is full of plush fruit and muscular, thunderous power in an old-school style. There is a lot to enjoy here all the way to a long finish lengthened by fine tannins and piercing acidity.' Drinking Window 2022 - 2034." (10/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Leading off the three Cornas releases, the 2015 Cornas Les Grands Mûriers is a big, sweetly fruity beauty from multiple lieux-dits. Black cherries, currants, hot pavement, chocolate and roasted meat notions all emerge from this rounded, concentrated, sexy 2015 that has sweet tannin and a big finish. It has plenty of structure, yet it's surprisingly polished and elegant on the palate, and it going to be one of the more accessible wines in the lineup. Still, give it some time.The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? Theyre made in tiny quantities and theres just not enough to go around. For readers who dont know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team." (01/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Hints of crushed stone, bloody meat and blueberries mark the nose of the 2015 Cornas Les Grands Mûriers. A blend of several parcels, it's full-bodied and ripe, but it has a certain reserve to it and some dusty tannins on the long finish. After a couple of years in the cellar, it should drink well for the next decade and a half. In the interest of saving time, I tasted these wines during my visit to Chapoutier, although Ferraton is run independently, with its own winemaking team and facility. Despite being under Chapoutier ownership since 2004, the style of wine and fruit sourcing tends to be quite different, as can be seen in the accompanying reviews.(JC)" (12/2017)

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 16, 2018

Wow! What a stunner this is! A nose of wet gravel and dark boysenberries. Very dark (almost black) red fruits on the palate with schist, a touch of cola, and baking spices. It is just absolutely delicious and balanced and well, FUN! This is what Syrah is supposed to be!

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2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Miaux" Hermitage ($54.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Notes of powdered rocks, graphite, caramelized meats and both cassis and black raspberry emerge from the 2015 Hermitage Les Miaux. This rich, low-acid, chewy, downright decadent Hermitage is another huge success from this estate. Its going to need a few years of bottle age, yet I suspect the sweetness of fruit will allow it to drink nicely relatively early in its life. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

91-93 points Vinous: "Bright purple. Spice-tinged blueberry, licorice and floral pastille aromas are complicated by suggestions of woodsmoke and dusty minerals. Chewy and concentrated on the palate, offering intense flavors of ripe black and blue fruits, olive and star anise. Smoothly plays richness off vivacity, finishing with impressive energy and supple, slow-building tannins that add gentle grip. (JR)" (04/2017)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The entry-level Hermitage is the 2015 Hermitage Les Miaux, which comes from multiple terroirs. Revealing a deep, inky color as well as a stunning nose of blackcurrants, crushed rocks, graphite and violets, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, impeccable balance and sweet tannin. It's already charming and approachable given all the fruit and sweet tannin, but needs 3-4 years of cellaring.The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? Theyre made in tiny quantities and theres just not enough to go around. For readers who dont know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team." (01/2018)

Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 18, 2018

While this bottle still needs some serious decanting, and/or much needed time in the cellar, it's definitely worth it, once you do decide to open it. Elegant, and super pretty, this is the bottle for Hermitage drinkers. After decanting for three hours and letting sit in the bottle for a full day, it was finally ready to drink, and the beautiful tannic structure was still lingering, showcasing wonderful flavors of nutmeg, black currant, and cinnamon. Easily one of the nicest bottles I've had from Northern Rhone.

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2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "L'Eglantine" Côte-Rôtie ($54.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The team at Ferraton makes two Côte Rôties, both of which are brilliant examples of the quality now coming from this estate. The slightly larger production cuvée is the 2015 Côte Rôtie lEglantine, which comes from schist soils and is aged in older barrels. It offers a perfumed, Asian spice, dried flower, graphite, and red and black fruit-driven bouquet, as well as full-bodied richness and ultra-fine tannin. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Côte Rôtie LEglantine just screams Côte Rôtie! (Well, pure, polished and impeccably made Côte Rôtie anyway.) Black raspberries, crushed flowers, Asian spices and hints of violets all emerge from this full-bodied, polished, elegant and silky beauty that has a stacked mid-palate and a great finish. Forget bottles for at least 4-5 years.The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? Theyre made in tiny quantities and theres just not enough to go around. For readers who dont know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team." (01/2018)

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2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Montmain" Côte-Rôtie ($59.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The team at Ferraton makes two Côte Rôties, both of which are brilliant examples of the quality now coming from this estate. Slightly more expensive than the lEglantine, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Lieu Dit Montmain (100% Syrah aged in 15% new French oak) is also full-bodied and impressively concentrated, with notes of acacia flowers, toasted spices, black raspberries and brioche. It has fabulous tannin quality, no hard edges and a big finish, all suggesting it will have a long life. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I loved the 2015 Côte Rôtie Lieu Dit Montmain (100% Syrah aged in 15% new oak), which comes from a site in the northern part of the appellation, just past Les Grandes Places. It offers a surprisingly nuanced, elegant style as well as terrific notes of dried flowers, caramelized raspberries, spice and dried herbs. Inky colored, concentrated and forward, with sweet, polished tannin, drink it anytime over the coming 10-15 years.The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? Theyre made in tiny quantities and theres just not enough to go around. For readers who dont know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team." (01/2018)

91-93 points Vinous: "(15 percent whole clusters) Inky ruby. Vibrant and focused on the nose, displaying intense red and dark berry, potpourri and Asian spice scents and deeper suggestions of licorice and olive that build with air. In an energetic style, especially for the vintage, offering juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that flesh out and become sweeter on the back half. Fine-grained tannins frame and shape the finish, which lingers with strong, floral-driven persistence." (04/2017)

Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 18, 2018

After trying more than a handful of incredible bottles of Southern Rhone's 2015 vintage, I was very eager to see what the Northern Rhone's were tasting like, and it is also slaying it for the 2015 vintage, and the Lieu Dit Montmain from the roasted slope itself is beyond exceptional. It only took two hours in the decanter, and a full day of sitting in the bottle to actually be ready, but the wait was worth it. This is a very complex wine. Each taste I got, I kept picking up a new flavor. Somtimes I got mint, sometimes I got licorice, bacon fat, mild tobacco. This is definitely a bottle you want to sit on for awhile. Or at least be ready to decant for a serious long amount of time before enjoying, because this beast is just not ready yet. But when the time comes, it's going to be so worth it.

2015 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Lieu Dit Saint Joseph" St. Joseph (Pre-Arrival) - 1 available ($59.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I had a few expletives in my notes for the 2015 St Joseph Lieu Dit St Joseph and like many of these 2015s, its easily the best example of the cuvée to date. This sensational, inky-colored beauty offers of a huge bouquet of incense, blueberries, cassis, black powder and graphite. Its full-bodied, concentrated and ripe, with building tannin and a blockbuster finish. Aged all in 15% new barrels, do your best to give bottles 2-4 years of bottle age. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team.(JD)" (12/2016)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A massive fruit bomb of a Northern Rhône Syrah, the inky colored 2015 Saint Joseph Lieu Dit Saint Joseph comes from the namesake vineyard of the appellation and offers tons of cassis, blackberry jam, crushed rocks, smoked meats and white chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, balanced and unctuous, with awesome density and depth, it's another stunner readers shouldn't miss.The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? Theyre made in tiny quantities and theres just not enough to go around. For readers who dont know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team." (01/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Lovely cassis, plum sauce and raspberry puree flavors flow through, supported by well-embedded structure that lets the velvet-textured fruit play out. (JM)" (12/2017)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Eygats" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From the northern part of the appellation and brought up in 15% new French oak, the 2015 Cornas Lieu Dit Les Eygats gives up more complex notes of campfire and liquid rock, as well as loads of black raspberry, toasted spice and leather. Gorgeously pure, layered and sexy, with perfect balance, it's a blockbuster Cornas that shows how utterly sensational this vintage is. It needs 3-4 years of cellaring but is a profound effort that will keep for two decades. Dont miss it.The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? Theyre made in tiny quantities and theres just not enough to go around. For readers who dont know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team." (01/2018)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Cornas Lieu Dit Les Eygats comes from a terrific vineyard located in the northern portion of the appellation and will see 14 months in 15% new barrels. It has a liqueur of rocks-like minerality as well as layers of blueberries, currants, peppery herbs, graphite and licorice. Full-bodied, incredibly concentrated and stacked on the palate, with a finish that wont quit, I just hope it shows this well from bottle! The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

90-92 points Vinous: "(made with 15 percent whole clusters) Bright purple. Powerful dark berry and licorice aromas, along with floral and smoky mineral flourishes. Broad and seamless on the palate, offering sweet cassis and blueberry flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Smoothly plays richness off energy and finishes very long and sappy, with mounting tannins and a touch of smokiness." (04/2017)