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Josh Raynolds on Vacqueyras Roucas Toumba

From Vinous (Antonio Galloni) August 2017

2014 and 2015 Vacqueyras: Quality and Value (Aug 2017) by Josh Raynolds

Roucas Toumba 2014 Vacqueyras Les Restanques de Cabassole  91 points

Vacqueyras, Southern Rhône Red wine
Drinking window: 2020 - 2025

Grape/Blend

60% Grenache, 27% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 3% Clairette, Grenache Blanc

raised in large oak casks) Vivid ruby-red. Fragrant, smoke-accented aromas of ripe red fruits, licorice and lavender; a peppery nuance adds spiciness. Fleshy and broad but lively as well, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors that become sweeter with air. Finishes long and sappy, delivering strong, spicy thrust and velvety tannins that sneak in slowly.

Roucas Toumba 2015 Vacqueyras Blanc Les Prémices

Vacqueyras, Southern Rhône  White wine
Drinking window: 2018 - 2023

Grape/Blend

Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc

(raised in 500-liter oak casks) Vivid straw-yellow. A highly perfumed nose displays scents of ripe melon, nectarine and honey, and lemon pith and vanilla nuances build in the glass. Plush and seamless on the palate, showing very good depth to the mineral-accented white peach and poached pear flavors. In a generous but lively style, finishing with subtle sweetness and a persistent citrus fruit quality.

 

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