Saturday, October 24, 2009


I met John Eppler of JRE wines a couple of months back, when one of our customers, Larry, brought him by just to see what we were all about and they came by on a Saturday afternoon, when the joint was really rockin'. We had carried John's wines before, as they had previously been with two other distributors. Now, he was on to Heidelberg. The JRE wines would seem to just get lost in other books, but with Heidelberg, John was hoping for a new start in this area.

The JRE Petite Rouge 2006 is a blend of 44% Petite Sirah, 41% Syrah, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot. A sort-of Rhone/Bordeaux tag-team, this wine is deep, dark purple in the glass, with all kinds of violet, currant and dark berry fruit in the nose. It is rich, opulent, and shows creamy tones with plums, blackberries, cassis and notes of milk chocolate and mocha on the finish. This is one of those wines that will be in soon, but right now, you have to wait for it.

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