My parents neighbor works for Delille; she was nice enough to bring over 5 bottles, including one of the Chaleur Estate Bordeaux Blend--I guess we'll save that for another date. Anyways, we opened three of the bottles last night.
The first bottle, the 2009 Rousanne (32$), was apple-y and floral, with lots of limey acidity and richness. It felt a little clunky to me, but it was pretty good. This is one of those cases were the wine is definitely well made, but isn't the style of white that I'm normally into. Just too big for me. If you like big whites or are looking for a Chardonnay alternative, this would be a good choice. B+
The next bottle was the 2008 Aix (34$), which is a primarily Syrah blend with Cabernet, Mouvedre and Cinsault thrown in for good measure. Dominated by blackberry jam and spice notes, this was smooth ripe and rich. Pungent blackberry notes--very compelling. Probably too young to drink this--I would hope that it gets more complex with age. B
Lastly, we opened the 2008 Signature Syrah (39$). 2% Viognier added. Definitely riper and bigger than the Aix (alcohol is close though--14.8% in the Aix and 15% for this one--definitely pushing it). Pepper, cherries, blueberries. Definitely hotter with more tannins. This wine is more interesting than the Aix I think; we probably opened it way too young. Frankly, at this point, this was nowhere near as good as the Pax or the Saint Cosme St.-Jospeh that I've had recently. B