"Perhaps the biggest sleeper in this portfolio is the Cotes du Rhone Les Violettes, which is primarily Syrah with small amounts of Roussanne and Viognier included in the blend. The 2006 is a mini-Guigal La Mouline. An exotic, fragrant bouquet of roses, lychee nuts, honeysuckle, cassis, and sweet cherries emerges from this fat, fleshy, deep, hedonistic effort. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years.
Andre Romero continues to turn out an impressive portfolio of wines. Several of his vin de pays fly under most consumer-s radar as one does not generally associate Bordeaux varietals with the southern Rhone."