Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2018

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xxx 54 | moRRell FINe WINe AND SPIRITS vISIT uS AT moRRellWINe.Com CAll 800.96.WINeS (800.969.4637) RHoNe THe NORTH RiSiNG For many years, we, dedicated few, have eagerly awaited the release of our favorite wines from the Northern Rhone. as limited as they were, the years it would take for them to reach perfect maturity made no difference to us, because we were the insiders. We understood that opening a bottle of Hermitage, Côte Rôtie or Cornas in its youth would only give us a glimpse of its potential, and that the earthy and animal nature of the wines would mellow into an alluring and elegant expression that few other wine regions could achieve. However, the growing popularity of the Northern Rhone has steadily been pushing prices up, while also depleting stocks rapidly. Now, in the face of two of the best vintages in years, we fi nd ourselves asking just how long it will be before the wines of the Northern Rhone enter the realm of the allocated and untouchable. Our best bet is to stock our cellars well with our favorite producers and revel in their development over the decades to come.

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