I picked this Languedoc blend up for about $9 for a casual drink with the boys. I knew nothing about it except its origin and vintage. I guessed at the blend, 50% Syrah with the rest being Grenache and Mourverdre. I initially got some red cherries on the nose which later turned somewhat oxidized. A certain phenolic component also came through after the bottle had been open for a while. On the initial palate I was rewarded with straightforward flavors of kirsch, red currants and a rubber component akin to car tires (kinda weird, I know). The structure of this wine is very basic and meant for easy, short-term drinking with very little tannins but decent acidity. The wine took on another dimension as I mentioned with some air time, it became more rustic with that oxidizing nose which did not really bother me. I have another bottle which I will try, reporting back with any major deviations. I would think this wine is a solid 83 points and 2 stars in my book. It’s hard to find decent wine for under $10, but this bottle should do in a pinch, even with its mid-bottle morphing. Salut….
A classic Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre from Mclaren Vale made by this consistent producer. I have already written about several of D’Arenberg’s wines and am working my way through their offerings as quickly as I see them.
The Mourvedre is a mere 5% of the blend with the Syrah and Grenache providing the backbone, the dark purple color and the linear tannins. Black fruit is evident on the nose and it pushes through onto the palate with some leather and anise. I got some dusty earth on the back end as well which was unexpected. The wine was bold and full bodied but lacked a certain complexity for me. At 4 years of age it is drinking well and will last another 4 at least. I cannot see much evolution but it will provide enjoyment when paired with charcuterie and perhaps a Beef stew. I paid $19 for this wine and am going with 88 points. WS and some other pro’s went as high as 91. 3 stars from me. Salut….
This is what United Airlines is serving up on domestic First Class, but that’s not saying much…. Anyway, I mistook it for a Syrah. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I could taste telltale Syrah notes and a deft use of oak. Bluish in the fruit department, it had a mid palate hollowness that bothered me at first but I got used to it. The acid and tannins are ok, but not in balance (Much more tannic than acidic). I then took a look at the bottle to reveal the true varietal. Monastrell, or Mouvedre as it is known, is grown widely in the south of France and used mainly as a blend (think GSM). Anyway, I looked up pricing and found it to be very reasonable. Would I recommend it for a party, sure…. Would I serve it? Not a chance. It’s just not very good technically and I would give it 84 points tops and therefore a 2 star rating. Cheap it might be, but not up to spec for me. Salut….
The great blend of the Rhone- Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre. Very gorgeous plummy nose gives way to red fruits exploding in a certain freshness that leaves a great mouthfeel. A child at 5, the tannins are well stocked and ready for the next 10 years of drinking. A very well made wine IMHO. I would love to revisit in 5 years- betting some barny type secondary stuff comes out, the kinds that excite me. 5 star effort, 92 points if I were rating it.
Wow, bang-for-the-buck stuff folks. Run, don’t walk to the nearest place that sells this QPR beast.
From the Rhone region of France, it is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre and Carignan that sings “Drink Me”. On the nose, very good initial flavors typical of the blend, on the first taste, great balance of fruit, tannins and acidity. I did not pay much for this gem, only to find out it got a 90 point pro rating from the boys at WS. A five star effort in my opinion as it delivers everything.
The Rhone blends are a great way to enjoy the variety of grapes that they use. On the mid-palate this wine shows really nice complexity, no doubt from the different grapes. The tannins are very smooth, non-obtrusive and have the strength to hold this wine until 2015 at the earliest. Seriously, this is some good shiz that needs to be searched out. Another gem in the French wine arena that doesn’t over-charge and under-perform. Yay