This Grenache/Syrah blend is very dark purple in the glass and 75% opaque. On the nose I get telltale raspberry plus red currants and red licorice. The palate is quite dry right off the bat and a touch austere. As I work my way through the black tea notes I discover raspberry and cherry cola. The mid palate is very tannic but I still get red fruit and now- black licorice. The finish is a long and dry affair, the tannins really gripping my gums. There is a touch of bitterness all through the wine that bothers me somewhat, perhaps a bit of decanting or aerating would soften it up? I think this is a basic wine that will do well paired with hearty meat stews, especially Lamb. It gets 85 points from me and at $11- 3 stars. Drink till 2023. Salut….
Half and half Grenache and Carignan, a great blend from the Roussillon region. I was seeking a basic country wine to go with my roast chicken and Peri Peri sauce (spicy as a mo-fo) with Arugula (Rocket) salad, more spice. I needed a raw, acidic, somewhat tannic, fruit forward wine for my meal. I was not far off. Usually, spice kills the red wines as I discovered. This particular dinner was more about spice than heat. The Peri Peri sauce comes from Nando’s, a South African restaurant that uses the sauce to warm things up a bit.
The wine itself was purchased for about $15. A great deal considering the big man gave it a 90+ rating. I’m going with 89. It offers up raw Blueberry, green peppers and lithe tannins with a bracing acidity. The blue component was the right anti-spice and the acidic component was right up my alley for the meal. It’s difficult to pair red wines with anything spicy, the rougher the better I reckon. What I mean is that finesse has no place here. The fruit needs to be forward and really in your grill. Secondary nuances are overwhelmed. Stick to the basic, young country wines that have the brawn. This is a wine that is flexible, capable of tackling heat, grilled meats and even roast chicken. I would imagine it would kill a Lasagne. 4 stars in my system. Salut….