Saturday, April 30, 2011

2008 Domaine de Fontsainte

Had a great meal featuring the 2008 Domaine de Fontsainte, Corbieres tonight. A blend of 60% Carignane, 30% Grenache and 10% Syrah, this wine hailing from the western end of the French Mediterranean is like a more restrained, fruit-forward Cotes-du-Rhone. Dark garnet in color, the nose features copious amounts of vanilla, sweet cherry and rosemary. On the palate, the alcohol seems a bit higher than the 12.5% claimed on the label. But there's plenty of juicy fruit and sweet herb there to keep everything balanced. No tannins of note so enjoy it now. An outstanding value at $12 or so and a flat-out great partner with tonight's charcoal-grilled flat iron steak and smashed potatoes.

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