Chateau Grande Cassagne 2003 Costières de Nîmes "G.S." ($10.99)
Very dark garnet in color, this fresh young Languedoc red breathes plums, pepper and a distinct note of spice. Ripe and juicy fruit flavors show more evidence of the luscious raspberry character of Grenache than was evident on the nose. Zippy acidity and a gentle fuzz of tannins provide a firm structure that makes it a good food match. An unfiltered blend of 44% old-vines Grenache (44%) and 56% Syrah, whose initials explain the mysterious "G.S." on the label. US Importer: Robert Kacher Selections, Washington, D.C. (Oct 24, 2004)
FOOD MATCH: It made an excellent match with a Franco-Italian treatment of fresh veal liver, quickly sauteed with onions, capers and a dash of red-wine vinegar.
Wine notes in 'shelf-hanger' format:
We publish Wine Lovers' Page tasting reports in the familiar "shelf-hanger" size and format, to make it easy for wine merchants or collectors to print them out, clip and post them where this wine is displayed. We do ask, however, that the WineLoversPage.com name, logo and URL be left intact, and that these reports be used with the specific wines rated, not different bottlings or vintages.
Our tasting policy:
All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I accept no free samples from wineries or distributors, purchasing all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.