To the core

Col des Vents, Corbieres 2006 Black fruits dominate the nose; the mouth is light-bodied, lean and a little gripping. This is the budget Corbieres from Castelmaure made of 50% Carignane, 35% Grenache and 15% Syrah 13.5% $8.99 at Bottle Barn

Castelmaure Corbieres Grande Cuvee 2006 The 2005 was oaky, balanced and well-liked by the class. The ’06 again sports obvious oak and bright black fruits. There’s a refinement in this wine that the budget wine above does not possess – very fresh with some grab on the tongue. 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache, aged in oak for one year, 90% French and 10% US oak 14.5% $17.99 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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