Some new and interesting wines have arrived this week that I thought you'd like to know about.
First is the very pretty, Le Pas de la Beaume from Cave de Cairanne in the southern Rhone valley. A cepage of 76%Grenache, 8% Syrah, 8% carignan, 8% Cinsault it has a nice red berry and garrique (oak,lavender thyme etc. from Provence)aromas. In the mouth the wine exhibits soft and clean fruit flavors with nice drying tannins on the finish. Typically French and a very good everyday wine for spring barbecue. $8.99
Next a clever package and a nice French blend called "Le Coq Rouge". A blend of Syrah and Cab. with splash of Merlot, it is easy to drink and easier to enjoy. Black cherry nose with a wiff of black pepper it has soft, smooth tannins that carry the blackberry and pepper flavors nicely. Its twin sister white is called "Le Poule Blanche" a blend of Chard, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier and is crisp and fruity with a slight touch of oak on the finish. Both from the South of France and very well priced at $9.99 each. $8.99 /bottle 12 or more.
For the serious Chateaneuf du Pape collector the just arrived 05' Lucien Barrot et Fils ( 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre) at $37.99 is a steal that should be in your cellar. Come to think of it with the forecast this weekend, open one up Sat., make a roast leg of lamb, and forget the weather. " Living well is the best revenge".
Will be away from Sat. night until Thurs. Store will be open reg. hours. No tasting tues. however.