Monday, February 14, 2011

Domaine la Garrigue Cuvee Romaine, 2009

Last week we enjoyed a bottle of Domaine Andezon Cotes du Rhone Red Wine. This wine was predominantly Syrah and we thought it was really delicious and was a great value from the 2009 vintage. This weekend we tried another lovely wine from the 2009 vintage, but this time the wine is predominantly Grenache with a small amount of Syrah and Mourvedre. Cuvee Romaine is another custom cuvee for Eric Solomon Selections made by famed Rhone oenologist, Philippe Cambie. This wine is well crafted and has a deep purple color and an expressive nose of black cherry, licorice and violets. This wine is full bodied and loaded with ripe black fruit, raspberry jam, and herbes de Provence. The are abundant velvety tannins, crisp acidity and notable minerality that balance this impressive wine. This wine is very nice now, but should soften and develop beautifully with a few years in the cellar. We bought the Domaine la Garrigue Cuvee Romaine at Pete’s Wine Shop, in Bellevue, for about $14.