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2014 Vignes de Bila Haut & Ryan Patrick Rosé

Bila Haut 2014 Cotes du Roussillon-Villages
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Michel Chapoutier Winery
Varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Carignan
Price: $12.99 (reg. $14.99) If you buy a case, it comes in a beautiful wooden box!
Bila Haut Cotes du Roussillon-Villages delivers year in and year out. The 2014 vintage doesn’t just deliver, it exceeds expectations and takes this consistently delicious wine to a whole new level. Owned by famed oenologist (wine expert, in layman’s terms) Michel Chapoutier, one of France’s most esteemed winemakers, Domaine de Bila Haut is biodynamically farmed and is ideally located in a region perfect for Grenache, Carignan, and, of course, Syrah. The Languedo-Roussillon area is right on the border with Spain and features steep, pebbly soils with cool winters and mistral breezes that fan the very hot summers. This climate makes for the perfect combination for creative, superior wine.

Michel Chapoutier’s wines exhibit the distinctive pepper and spice from Syrah, along with a lifting enjoyment from the blend of Carignan and Grenache. This well-known Rhone producer has transformed his magic to the Languedoc and created a wine with finesse, a wonderful aroma of black cherry, and the ripe summer fruit flavors of this historic wine region in the south of France.

Tasting notes: “Tasted out of the barrel, the 2014 Vignes de Bila Haut is 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 20% Carignan that was raised in tank. It possesses lots of raspberry, violets, and peppery herbs to go with a fleshy, pure, and elegant feel on the palate. I don’t think it will make old bones, but it has terrific purity and it should evolve nicely on its balance.” 89-91 points from the Wine Advocate (April 2015)

Plus, since it’s springtime and we can’t help but feature Rosés regularly, we highly recommend trying out this 2015 Rosé from Ryan Patrick.

Ryan Patrick Rosé Wine 2015
Region: Columbia Valley, WA
Varietals: Syrah, Cinsault, Counoise, Grenache
Price: $9.99
Tasting Notes: Syrah-based Rosé with subtle hints of pomegranate on the nose. A bright mid palate with traces of strawberry and rhubarb precede a crisp and clean finish.


By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.