Saturday, March 28, 2009

*** $ Domaine De La Garrigue Cotes Du Rhone Cuvee Romaine, 2004 - France - Review and Rating

Original Review, January, 2007: Color of this granache and syrah blend is a dark muddy brick red. There's a definite blood red raw meat slab hint to the aroma, wrapping around some interesting, funky fruit. The flavor is somewhat round and dark fruity, perhaps touched with powdered cocoa. It comes with a good strong jolt of tannins on the wrap up. For all the oomph in the tannins, there's not a lot of follow-up to the finish. Two stars out of five. Almost feels like age could pull the jangley-ness of this together a bit.

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Updated Review, March, 2009. A couple of years later with the Domaine De La Garrigue Cotes Du Rhone... Color has lightened up a bit, now medium brick red. The meaty, funky aromas are definitely still there. The palate comes across now, though, as well balanced, pumping tannings, modest fruit, interesting earthy funk and mild acids throughout your mouth. As I had hoped two years ago, a bit of age is serving Domaine La Garrigue quite well. Now three stars out of five. Still a "food" wine moreso than a "sipping" wine, but some real soul.

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1 comment:

  1. I really love this wine, enough so, that I purchased another case to have as a house red. It has a wonderful mushroom compost/peat moss nose that leads into a well defined palate of kirsch, asian spice and cinnamon chocolate. The tannins will probably soften with age, although they're currently fine grained, and add the resiny, peppery finish that is indicative of the region.

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