Friday, August 15, 2008

2005 Domaine Grand Veneur Côtes du Rhône Reserve

First of all those little white spheres in the picture are not planets or satellites orbiting the wine bottle, they're little styrofoam balls that stuck to the label and I was too lazy to pick them off.

My streak of thumbs-up wines resumes today after getting derailed by the WBW #48 White Zin a couple of days ago.

I drank this wine over the course of four evenings. The first evening it had fruit aromas on top of background barnyard, vegetable and manure-like scents. The palate had steely, slightly tart berry fruit mixed with a mineral element but seemed hollow in the middle.

The 2nd and 3rd evenings were similar but on the 4th the wine seemed to come together. The hollow middle had closed up.
The barnyard element had also receded but remained just enough to add complexity and interest. What I liked about it was the steeliness of the ripe fruit and the mineral element in the wine.

This bottle set me back $9.99 from Garagiste. Initially I wasn't two thumbs-up on it because of that mid-palate but on the 4th evening the wine had really developed a nice balance of flavors and texture. So it does get two thumbs up and a compliment for a very nice price, as well.

Here is the YouTube video to pair with the wine. Click here if you can't see it below.

The link to the CD page at Amazon: Linda Ronstadt - Tumblin' Dice

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