Monday, January 23, 2006

2001 Domaine Gramenon Cotes du Rhone "Cuvee Laurentides"

87. I think I could have picked this one out of a line-up blind from the color and nose. Medium lightish ruby color. Classic Domaine Gramenon nose of fresh-squeezed pink grapefruit juice, raspberries, and cigar box. (I have lost count of the number of wines I've had from this estate over the years in which I've detected varying levels of pink grapefruit juice in the nose. How they get Grenache to smell like this is beyond me.) Medium body. Fairly assertive flavors of dry raspberry and peach essences, grapefruit again, and iodine. Not particularly concentrated, but nicely-balanced, soft, interesting, and enjoyable. Drink now. Was $11.24 on sale at Richard's on San Felipe.

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