This is a Southern Rhone clone (50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre) from the Pays d’Oc. I picked the 2011 vintage up at Trader Joe’s today for $9. I’m having this with a goat cheese crotin and a crisp salad of bitter greens (beet and mustard greens, baby kale, carrot greens, etc)
Color: Straight red and garnet-red color. Almost opaque in the middle.
Aroma: Cocoa and roasted earth notes from the Grenache dominate. There’s a little sweetish plum and cherry fruit underneath that.
Taste: This has some nice body – very much in the Rhone style, with good tannic and spicy length; really impressive length for a $9 bottle of French. I wish it had a little more fruit in the middle – the cocoa-earth-spice complex dominates. I’m going to try this with a hunk of dark chocolate a little later tonight.
A nice one to have on your shelf in the Rhone/GSM category.