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Old 20-02-2010, 09:46 PM posted to alt.food.wine
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Default Gruet PN, '08 CdR

On Feb 20, 12:41*am, Mark Lipton wrote:
Some recently consumed wines, purchased locally and opened with meals:

2007 Gruet Pinot Noir "Cuvée Gilbert Gruet" *($20)
nose: cherryish fruit, veering slightly to Vicks' cough drops, varietal
character, later turning smoky
palate: rich fruit, medium-full body, balanced acidity, slightly alcoholic

This is our second encounter with the still Pinot Noir made by Gruet in
New Mexico (the first, logically enough, was at their tasting room in
Albuquerque). *It's fairly big and clearly New World but isn't overdone
in any way and is quite nicely balanced. *Very much in the vein of Au
Bon Climat's lower end bottlings and nicely priced as a not-very-complex
but tasty Pinot Noir.

2008 Domaine de la Garrigue Côtes du Rhône "Cuvée Romaine" ($16)
nose: slightly meaty, kirsch-like Grenache fruit, garrigue
palate: firm acidity and supple tannins, lots of fruit, earth

A classic CdR profile of cherry liqueur and meat with some herbs and
earth thrown in for the '08 version of this wine. *Having had the '06
and perhaps the '05, I can say that this year's version is a bit leaner
and very food friendly. *It'll probably improve with 1-2 years in the
bottle. *An Eric Solomon import.

Mark Lipton

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thanks for notes, I've only had bubbly Gruet. CdR sounds good/.