South for the Sun

Chateau Coupe Roses Minervois Cuvee Vignals 2005
There’s lots of black pepper to smell but the brett is coming up to visit in late ’07. Now a year later, the dung is in full force. This wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, unfined and unfiltered. Mis au chateau par Francoise Frissant Le Calvez et Pascal Frissant in La Caunette 13% $13.99 at Bottle Barn Coupe Roses

Chateau de Mattes-Sabran Corbieres Le Viala 2004
There’s lots of green tannins making for a very astringent wine. Tasted almost one year later in Sept. ’08, the black pepper and earth are apparent yet the tannins are still unyielding. 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache. An unfiltered barrel selection for N. Berkeley Imports. mis par M. et Mme. Brouillat-Arnould in Portel 13.7% $11.49 at Bottle Barn Mattes-Sabran

Castelmaure Corbieres Grande Cuvee 2005
Oaky, balanced and well-liked by the class. 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache 14.5% $15.99 at Bottle Barn

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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