2004 Chateau de la Galiniere Cotes de Provence Rouge

Price: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Latitude Wines

What They Said:

Per the bottle “The Chateau and its vineyards are situated at the foothills of the majestic Cengle de la Sainte Victoire range of hills in the village of Chateauneuf-le-Rouge. From hand-picked grapes, this elegant wine reveals a complex bouquet of plums, aniseed and violets and rick, silky flavours.”

What I Think:

Can this really be hand picked at this price point? If so it must be the seconds or thirds of something much better. Before I get too much further I should explain that I have somewhat of an infatuation with wines from the Provencal region so keep that in mind as you read on..

On pulling the cork the first thing you get is something barnyard-ish on the nose. Not in a bad way, or a great one either. It was kind of dry and dusty with hints of flower and spice. On the palate you get some light fruit, perhaps plums, which quickly fade leading to a slightly tart, tongue smacking dry finish. On the second day it started to open up a bit more and there was more dark fruit noticeable. Given my relationship with this region I will be giving it another try, whether you do or not is your call.

Rating: 12th Bottle