Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Saint Cosme Cotes-du-Rhone 2008 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Layers of red fruit, herbs, and lots of resin on the nose
Smooth and focused on the palate
Finishes with currants and pepper

This wine has loads of resin aroma on the nose, almost to the point of being distracting. Many wine critics have adopted the term "garrigue" to describe this quality found in Rhone wines and others from Southern France. It's very appealing in the right context, when paired with earthy dishes like those of French country cooking.

If you're looking for that style, this wine is clearly well made and a bargain at $13-15. I must admit that I prefer other styles of Rhone reds, particularly those that have sweet spice layers, fig, and plum. With that said, Saint Cosme is a producer of top notch Rhone wines that please many palates. Raise a glass to "garrigue" in a bottle!

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