Domaine Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Villages ˜Les Champauvins" France. 2004 $17.99; Andrea Immer Wine Club, http://www.kysela.com/
, KYSELA PERE ET FILS, LTD., Winchester, VA importer. 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. 14.5% alcohol.
Deep garnet-red color, deep hue, red fruit and spice aroma with hints of mushrooms and earth, complex fruit, spice, pepper and earth tastes, firm tannins that evolved nicely in the glass, medium mouth feel, long, complex finish with mushrooms, fruit and spice. Rich impresssion, and should age quite well as the tannins soften a bit. [Immer suggests 5 to 7 years.] 3*.
Worked surprisingly well with a basil, tomato and green bean salad and lovely Alaskan salmon. Immer's suggestion for a match with this wine:
Roasted Green Bean and Tomato Salad with Pumpkin Seeds Serves 4
1 lb. trimmed fresh green beans
1 pint small cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced crosswise into ribbons
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Sherry wine vinegar
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Toss the green beans with the olive oil, season with salt and pepper and spread them out on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Transfer to a large mixing bowl and toss with the cherry tomatoes, basil and pumpkin seeds. Add the sherry vinegar and additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.