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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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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/.
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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

Hi Mark,
Is the 'slightly to Vicks cough drops' indicative of eucalyptus growing in
the vineyard? I've heard that leaves a distinct mark on the flavor of the
wine? Not sure if that grows in the NM high desert as much as throughout
California.

Jon

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On 2/24/10 1:17 PM, Zeppo wrote:


Hi Mark,
Is the 'slightly to Vicks cough drops' indicative of eucalyptus growing
in the vineyard? I've heard that leaves a distinct mark on the flavor of
the wine? Not sure if that grows in the NM high desert as much as
throughout California.


Hi, Jon!
No, not a eucalyptus smell (something that's quite familiar to me
after 20 years spent among them in the SF Bay Area), but rather the
taste of cherry coughdrops -- not something I seek out in wine, but
neither do I find it repellent. For a good whack o' eucalyptus, try any
of the red wines of Cline and/or Sean Thackery. Both of them have it in
spades IMO. Some people claim to get it also in Heitz Cabernets, but to
me that's more like mint, a related smell.

Mark Lipton


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On 2/24/10 1:17 PM, Zeppo wrote:


Hi Mark,
Is the 'slightly to Vicks cough drops' indicative of eucalyptus growing
in the vineyard? I've heard that leaves a distinct mark on the flavor of
the wine? Not sure if that grows in the NM high desert as much as
throughout California.


Hi, Jon!
No, not a eucalyptus smell (something that's quite familiar to me
after 20 years spent among them in the SF Bay Area), but rather the taste
of cherry coughdrops -- not something I seek out in wine, but neither do I
find it repellent. For a good whack o' eucalyptus, try any of the red
wines of Cline and/or Sean Thackery. Both of them have it in spades IMO.
Some people claim to get it also in Heitz Cabernets, but to me that's more
like mint, a related smell.

Ah. Wrong variety of cough drop. I'll look for the Cline or Thackery.

Thanks.
Jon



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