WTN: 2002 Château Saint Martin de la Garrigue Bronzinelle Coteaux du Languedoc Languedoc Roussillon, FR.
$12.50 Imp: KLWM. 13.5% abv.
41% syrah, 13% grenache, 27% carignan, 19% mourvèdre.
Rich fruit flavor mixed with a bit of farmy earth. Somewhat thin mid-palate and slightly green, chalky tannins. Some chocolate/toasty oak on the finish. Decent enough for the price but no where near as full and balanced as past vintages.
NV Pearly Bay Celebration Cape Winelands, South Africa.
$7 8% abv. A sweet bubbly made from Muscat d’Alexandrie. My family loves moscato d’asti and this sparkler fills the bill at a ridiculously low price. Rich muscat nose of floral and honey, fairly sweet (76 gm/l), and enough acidity to keep things interesting. Not at all serious but it sure is fun.
2005 Château Monbousquet La Rosée de Monbousquet Bordeaux, FR.
$12 Imp: Touton.
Oak-o-phobes beware. This wine sees some serious new barrique. It’s a fully dry wine with heavily buttered, light red fruit flavor. Not much of a finish either. If I’m going to drink Bordeaux rosé, I’d take the ’04 Pavie rosé over this one in a heart beat (although I’d rather have Tempier).
Last edited by Bill Buitenhuys
on Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.