Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: ***+ $$ Domaine La Garrigue Cuvee Romain Cotes du Rhone, France 2005 = GOOD VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Domaine La Garrigue Cuvee Romain Cotes du Rhone.

By way of background, opening thoughts: I thought the 2004 vintage of this had some real soul at five years from vintage date.  Today, we are sampling the 2005 vintage at a whopping eight years from vintage date.


Original tasting and review : This is Domaine La Garrigue Cuvee Romain Cotes du Rhone, France 2005, finished at 14% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep ruby red with hints of purple and brick at the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky, classic, bold old world fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be a complete old world experience, with new world fruit.  I don't expect the age will be an issue.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated, with big red/orange/black fruits coming through up front, with pepper elements on the cheek and an overriding old world brett sliding across the entire experience.  Clean, fresh, lingering finish.  Nice.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with an easy plus for old world complexity on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Domaine La Garrigue Cuvee Romain Cotes du Rhone.

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