Winery Notes: This 2013 Laya comes from the vineyards of Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrell varieties, located on calcareous soils, between 700 and 100 meters above sea level, within the region of Almansa. This wine combines complexity , structure, and intense color with the explosion of fruit and ease of consumption.
Winery Notes: This 2010 vintage has a slow, gentle fermentation preserves the layers of enticing aromas; aging in barriques adds richness and allows the dark, rich fruit character to develop to its fullest. As always, we hand pick all the fruit, and use only three-year, air-dried, French oak barrels for aging.
Even better, yet more forward and open, the 2012 Estate Cuvee checks in as a blend of 57% Syrah, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot. It’s another awesome release form Stephan that possesses thrilling purity in its creme de cassis, licorice, toast, chocolate, and roasted meat-like aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and seamlessly constructed, with perfect integration of its fruit, tannin and alcohol, this beauty can be consumed anytime over the coming 15 years or so. (JD) (8/2014)
Winery Notes: This is the 2012 Vintage. The nose has a very high intensity of blackberries, raspberries, blackberries and black licorice, which are combined with toasted and spicy flavors typical of aging in French oak. The palate is balanced with acidity, soft tannins and a long finish suggestive of fruity and spicy notes.
More seriously endowed and loaded, the 2011 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Le Ponnant offers copious aromas of melted licorice, creme de cassis, blueberries and acacia flowers. This Grenache-dominated sleeper of the vintage is locked and loaded. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years. One of the more exciting, relatively new estates in the southern Rhone is La Ferme du Mont, which is run with considerable enthusiasm as well as meticulous attention to detail by Stephane Vedeau. I bought his 2007s and am thrilled I did so as they combine the best of the southern Rhone with a Burgundian grand cru-like gracefulness and elegance. His 2011 and 2010 offerings are both outstanding, with the latter vintage possibly better than his 2007s. Readers should also check out this estate’s impressive Cotes du Rhones. Stephane Vedeau not only fashions exquisite Chateauneuf du Pape, but also terrific Cotes du Rhones. (10/2012)