Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cheap Red

I love close out bins where wines are marked down because they either didn't sell or a new vintage is about to hit the market.  For $5.99 I picked up this bottle of 2008 Reserve de la Saurine, a blend of 60% grenache and 40 % carignan from the south of France.   The wine was marked down from $15.99.

Bright raspberry fruit from the grenache, tart and happy.  A darker, rustic side from the carignan with earthy flavors and a bit of green veggies.  Good acid, little or no wood, mice long finish and a decent wine at its current price.  It wouldn't have been a good buy at its original price.  Great with a hamburger.

A bottle of it's white counterpart was consumed last summer and discussed here.  It too was marked down to $5.99.

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