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- wondersofwine - 07-01-2009

2006 Domaine de la Voute des Crozes Cote-de-Brouilly
Nicole Chanrion, Viticulteur 13% alcohol $14.99
Imported by Kermit Lynch.

Tastes lighter in body with less depth than the Jean-Paul Brun Moulin a Vent from the same vintage that I opened the previous week. Still, a nice summer red with chicken or pork. I was interested to see that this has a female winemaker. Fruity, raspberry flavors. Drinks smoothly. I liked it better on the second night than the first but the Moulin a Vent is the one I will try to reorder.

2005 Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Volnay
13% alcohol
Imported by Martine's Wines, Novato, CA $49.99

Deep purple color looking down at the wine in the glass; opaque. Crimson color from the side when backlit by a hanging light fixture. Fragrant. First few sips resemble a sparkling grape juice. It appears to need plenty of aeration or cellar time. Black fruits--dark cherries, blackberries, mulberries. After 40 minutes in the glass it smoothes out to a feminine fruity drink tasting more like Burgundy than grape juice. Delivers a long finish. Very smooth drinking the second evening. (There's been some discussion about scoring wines based on first impressions. I would have scored this 83 or 84 initially and 87 or 88 later.)

2007 Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino
14% alcohol $29.70

Label suggests pairing with pasta, roasted or grilled meats or mature cheeses. I think it would be good with grilled beef, pork, or chicken or barbecued meats. I agree with the description on the label--ruby or garnet color, aroma of red berries, and both structure and smoothness. Very pleasant and versatile although I would prefer buying it at closer to $20 than $30. Initially listed at $9.88 a bottle but that was a mistake.