Sunday, May 23, 2010

Little James Basket Press

The non-vintage Chateau St. Cosme Little James basket Press is one of my all-time favorite over-achievers. 100% Grenache done in a solera style so consistency can be maintained from year-to-year. The nose entices with raspberry, blackberry and spice but the real beauty is on the palate. Copious quantities of red and black fruits, a hint of licorice, garrigue, black pepper and more substantial tannins than one would expect from a $12 Rhone. If you can exercise a bit of patience (hard to do with this one), a bit of old leather comes on with some air. Delivers more than a lot of Cotes-du-Rhones I've had costing twice as much. Buy a bottle of this....then go back and buy a case. Great with everything from burgers to spaghetti to lamb.

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