Domaine ” La Garrigue” 2005- Cotes Du Rhone


Got this medium bodied, moderate tannin wine at a shop in Goodyear, AZ and am confused about a specific detail.  Even though this wine is referred to as a ” Cotes Du Rhone” with a blend of  65% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah, why does the cork lead me to believe this was bottled and has something to do with Appellation Vacqueyas?    Kind of conflicting being that Vacqueyas has been graced it’s own Appellation since 1990 and is no longer regarded as a Cotes Du Rhone and is more heavier Syrah based than Grenache based? Nevertheless, this consistent Cotes Du Rhone has subtle hints of lavender, unsweetened black licorice and a nice frequency of subtle damp earth.  A sturdy Cotes Du Rhone even with all the conflicting, ambiguous information from the cork and overly worded label.  Keep Believing and Keep Drinking.

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Published in: on June 4, 2011 at 8:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Ehlers Merlot


Scored this bottle of 2005 Ehler’s Merlot from St Helena for $20 and was absolutely blown away by what i found. With about 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, this full bodied Meritage blend with a quick zip of herbaceousness in the front pallet is not for the faint hearted. Chewy and filled with flavors of dense cherry, raspberry and blackberry, promising firm smooth tannin in the mid palate that will be perfect in another 2 years and a perfect hint of right bank earth on the nose, even with a just semi memorable finish, this wine for $20 is absolutely massive!   Keep Believing and Keep Drinking.

Published in: on May 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm  Comments (1)  
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Merlot Misconception


     Back in the Summer of 2006, i was blessed enough to be able to travel Overseas for 3 months and one of the stops me and my Attorney James ” Mick” Ingram made after a reputable recommendation from the “Bar a Vin” in the city center of Bordeaux, was Saint Emillion. Located on the right bank of Bordeaux, Saint Emillion is such a place of solace and purity. As we headed off the train and up a gravel road surrounded by majestic vineyards, clay and limestone, my Attorney and I proceeded to taste wines with such depth, balance, and pristine expressiveness you mine as well have labeled them ” The Nectar from The Gods.”    Not to mention the best Merlot I have ever indulged in, Saint Emillion as well had some of the most expressive Cabernet Franc i have ever had the pleasure of being introduced to.

Such a shame that because of a certain movie; ( Not mentioning any names.)   Merlot has gotten such a bad rap in the United States.  Saint Emillion wines are some of my favorite wines ever!   Keep Believing and Keep Drinking.

Published in: on May 21, 2011 at 11:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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