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Posted July 20, 2011 by samuek in Uncategorized

Carmen Says – Wine Picks #1

“Carmen Says” is a weekly wine review selecting one value wine and one must have at any cost.  


Cheap & Cheerful 
Perrin Les Cornuds Vinsobres 2009  – $15.00
Tasting Note
A blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah, the 2009 Perrin et Fils Cotes du Rhone Villages Vinsobres Les Cornuds reveals condensed cherry syrup and blackberry reduction. It’s not overly powerful though. The mouth is silky smooth with big, robust flavors of black currant, cherry and coffee. And the finish is nice and long. It has the appearance of being a big, thick, rich wine, but it comes off much more elegant than that.  It is completely different from the Grenache-dominated wines from the warmer climates of Cairanne, Rasteau, Vacqueyras or Gigondas. All of Perrin & Fils grapes are grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides. They don’t have the organic designation on the label, but are basically organically grown.  Enjoy it with BBQ like a sirloin burger or an aged ribeye.
Worth the Price

Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir 2009 – $26.95

Tasting Note 
For this vintage, the fruit was sourced from 3 different grapes.  When married together, the wine becomes a vibrant, food-friendly blend. After nine months in French oak barrels – 60 percent new – the wine is approachable and ready to drink upon release.  Medium ruby with a purple rim.  Aromas of smoky cherry, new leather, ripe plum and cloves.  A greatly layered palette abundant in flavor and texture. The first entry encases the mouth with a velvety richness.  Soft tannins and gentle acids give the wine verve. A very good warm-climate Pinot.  Medium-full bodied with a long finish.  Enjoy it tonight with baby back ribs, or cellar it 2-3 years.  




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