vine & table’s 2012 winery of the year

Drum roll, please… the Vine & Table 2012 Winery of the Year award goes to an ancient Rhône River Valley contender: Saint Cosme! Located in the heart of Gigondas, Saint Cosme Winery has been in the same family for 500 years and is renowned for ancient stone cellars hewn by Roman hands and an uncompromising tradition of extracting from the land the true essence of the grape.

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre are classic Rhône blends and Saint Cosme reveals these blends as wines with an array of balanced fruit, spice and earth. The wines are well-balanced and aromatic. As an outstanding producer with an “X-factor”, Saint Cosme is our 2012 winery of the year. See for yourself what tradition, ambition and passion can do for your palate.

Here are our stand-out wines from the maker:

Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône White 2011
Although a blend of four grapes, it is the 30% Picpoul de Pinet, a magnificent for¬gotten grape so well adapted to the south¬ern climate, that really elevates this wine. It is aromatic, fresh and sharp without being aggressive; it is pure and as a cousin of Sauvignon offers flavors of peach, gooseberry, and grapefruit to the palate.

Saint Cosme Gigondas 2010
95 Points Wine Spectator. The vinter said it best, “What I like in a good Gigondas is the body of the grenache combined with the coolness of our terroir… Because it reminds me of the wines of my father: classical, straightforward, solid and simply so good… So good”. What we taste: camphor cherry, gingerbread, crushed strawberry, blackberry, pepper. So good!

Saint Cosme Little James’ Basket Press Red
This wine recalls the ancient times when the wine merchants would make wines having only one target: pleasure. Containing 50% of 2011 vintage, this wine is a blending of all vintages back to 1999 and showcases cherry, gingerbread, strawberry compote and coal.

Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône Red 2011
Made from full clusters of ancient Syrah grapes and aged for 15 months in new oak and one-year-old barrels, this wine sourced from the northern part of the Côte-Rôtie is very well balanced and reveals Cheminee soot, bacon, violet, graphite, cold ash and ancient rose. This is a vintage to follow.

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