Friday, February 5, 2010

Domaine de la Garrigue "Cuvee Romaine" Cotes du Rhone 2007

Another good 07 Cotes du Rhone. 12$ at K&L and imported by Eric Solomon (who imports a lot of good wine, especially from Spain). 65% Grenache, 25% Mouvedre, and 10% Syrah. This has been sold out for a long time--I got this wine over a year ago. Blackberry, cherry, lavender, licorice, and a lot of savory scents make up the nose on this wine. Despite coming off as a little rustic at first, this quickly becomes well balanced and smooth, with ripe fruit counterbalanced by good supporting acidity. This wine is less "polished,"and more old world in terms of feel than the "Les Sablieres," and Sarah does not like this as much. I think they are both good in different ways. I personally am more drawn to this one, if only because it's called "Cuvee Romaine," and I really like lettuce...er...Romans. B+/A-

2 comments:

CabFrancoPhile said...

Sounds like another Rhone winner. Are you finding you like the '07s more than past vintages? They seem to be consistently good at the sub $15 range.

Jeff said...

You know, I think that's tough to say since i haven't had all that many. They seem to have more fruit, and they are less rustic than 06. 05 seems to me to be less fruity, but with lots of power/tannin/balance. 04's I've had seemed to be a lot more rustic, although I've just had a few. They are drinking really well right now, and seem to be a good combo of ripe fruit and acidity.