Rhone Gang Wines
Le Hold-up Lot. 08
Grapes : 30% Grenache 70% Pinot noir
The Rhône Gangsters made an unpredictable but successful « hold-up » : they robbed delicious Pinot Noir and Grenache, and reinvented one of the coolest blends ever. Hold-up is a hedonistic wine, fresh and mineral, intense in the mouth, offering sexy notes of red fruits and Kirsch.
30 % Grenache from old vines (60 years old vines growing on limestone soils) from the Southern Rhône valley, and 700% Pinot noir from Burgundy and a cool climate region with calcareous marl soils, ideal for growing Pinot Noir grapes. Both are hand sorted and carefuly selected by the gang at perfect ripeness.
After picking, the Pinot noir undergoes a cold premaceration (or cold soak), and a 15 days fermentation with everyday pigeage to keep the wine fresh. Aged in Stainless-steel tanks.
The Grenache is not destemmed and undergoes a long fermentation. Aged in tanks, with a minimal handling approach (just a few rackings during the whole pre-bottling life of the wine) to keep the freshness and the fatness of the wine.
2010 Foxglove Paso Robles Zinfandel
“Springy, berry character, generous bodied, moderate alcohol style wine with lively freshness. So and smooth tannins that leave the finish to the bright fruit.” ~ Winery notes
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2010 Zinfandel is a ridiculously fine wine for the money. It bursts from the glass with rich dark fruit, mocha, spices and new leather to match its huge, exuberant personality. This is quite a mouthful. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015. These two wines from the Jim and Bob Varner’s Foxglove negociant label deliver tremendous value. (8/ 2012)
At the core of Foxglove is Bob Varner, also the winemaker at Varner Wines. Beginning with their first vintage in 1991, Bob sources the wine from a variety of places, all of which are in Edna Valley. The resulting wine has Central Coast appellation pricing, and is full of complex fruit flavors that the Edna Valley appellation is known for.
Edna Valley, a relatively small appellation, grows mostly Chardonnay on about 1000 acres. The entire acreage is tightly controlled by a few owners employing the most up-to-date vineyard practices that give the valley impressive evenness. Located just south of San Luis Obispo, its vineyards are some of California’s closest to the Pacific Ocean. Mild winters, cool, foggy summer, and clay-loam soils produce a combination of flavors that have been described as “textbook Central Coast.”