I don’t necessarily think it makes sense to review poor wines – a waste of time, perhaps? – but in this case, since it’s a wine that frequently appears on store shelves and could be mistaken for a good value, I wanted to set the record straight. Well, at least from my point of view.
But let’s start off on a good note. I’ve been meaning to taste through SoMar’s Languedoc and Vin de Pays selection, and with the cold weather upon us, now seems like a good time to pursue this worthy goal. On my boss’s advice, I took home a bottle of 2008 Chateau Coupe Roses “La Bastide” from Minervois. I couldn’t find the exact blend for this vintage, but previous vintages have consisted of Grenache and Carignan. At $21.99, this may not be considered a “value” wine, but I think it is well worth the price. The wine bowls you over with rich blackberry and blueberry, but with a persistent undercurrent of earthy, even mushroom, tones that prevents it from being a fruit bomb. It is full-bodied and rich, and should go well with pork and lamb. Highly recommended!
As for the less-than-stellar wine, the 2008 Palo Alto Reserve from Maule Valley in Chile, a blend of Cabernet, Carmenere, and Syrah, was disappointing. If it were under $10, I probably would have been more forgiving, but at $11.99, I expect it not to taste like cooked fruit. I will allow that this may have been a bad bottle. But what did I do with the wine anyway? Drink it, of course. 🙂
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