Saturday, November 20, 2010

Chateau La Roque Pic Saint Loup 2008

I picked this up at the LA Wine Company for $14. Imported by Kermit Lynch. I've never had anything (at least that I can recall) from Pic Saint Loup. According to Wikipedia, Pic Saint Loup is mountain. Okay. Cool...I like mountains. Anyways, from what I gather, this wine is a blend that is mostly Grenache, along with some Syrah and Mouvedre. On the nose, this wine goes back and forth between crushed raspberries and tarter cranberry. I suppose that means "red fruit." There is also an elusive element behind the fruit--sometimes I think a bit smoky; sometimes I think a bit peppery; sometimes I think a little green. Tons of cranberries in the mouth, turning to cherries, with a long peppery finish. Obvious tannin, along with obvious balance. I feel like this wine is hiding something from me. There's still half the bottle for tomorrow, so maybe it will reveal more of itself in that time frame. Went great with sausages, white beans, and a heirloom tomato salad. (I know, I was thinking WTF? But the farmers at the market tell me that the non-summer we had and then sudden heat after Labor Day has meant that we're getting tomatoes really late this year. Surprisingly, they're awesome. Especially the pineapple tomatoes and my personal favorite, the green zebra.) B+/A-


Cabfrancophile said...

Every wine I've had from this producer has been very good. The price is right, too. Not overly rustic, not overly modern.

Looking on my blog I'm surprised I don't have their '07 Mourvedre posted up other than in an anti-LA floozy rant. But the '07 and '08 rouge show up.

Jeff said...

Yeah, I really liked this wine. Day two it was especially nice. I'll have to try some of their other stuff.