Wine Review – 2006 Domaine de La Gramiere Rouge, Rhone Valley, France


Winery: Domaine de La Gramiere

Bottling: 2006 Vin de Table (80% grenache/15% syrah/5% mourvedre)

Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants

Region: France

Sub-Region: Rhone Valley

Estimated Retail Price: $17 – $20

Purchase Details & Tasting Source: Purchased for around $18.00 at Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquor on Oahu.  Drank with our go to Greek food restaurant, The Olive Tree Cafe also located on Oahu.

Tasting Notes: What a treat this wine was with our lamb, falafel and babaganoush.  This is a lush, juicy fruit forward wine that failed miserably at disappointing us.  Visually, there was a nice dark and reddish purple color, while the nose smelled of depth and richness as the aromas floated out of our tumblers.

A very mouth filling wine that gives a “middle of the road” Gigondas a run for its money.  Boysenberry, blackberries and spice sloshed around in our mouths as we gobbled and gulped our way through the meal.  Suffice to say, we were happy.

This wine is organically and bio-dynamically farmed and vinified in the most natural way possible, without the use of commercial yeasts or enzymes.  It doesn’t get any fresher and unadulterated than that.

Food and Context in Which to Enjoy: Lamb, lamb and lamb.  Venison would be great as well, if you happen to have any running around in your backyard.  I’d stick to rich and hearty dishes with this wine.  It would also make a great wine for a casual dinner party or a backyard bbq.

Winery Background: I enjoy the story of this winery.  The proprietors of the winery are Amy Lillard and Matt Kling, who are two Bay Area transplants now living and famring the good life in the Castillon du Gard region, within the Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation.

Amy’s situation is intriguing in that for three years she worked at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants; whom also is the importer of she and Matt’s wine.  No need for strings to be pulled here though.  La Gramiere gets into the U.S. on its own merit.  Their website is also doubles as a blog for the winery, so when you have the chance, read Amy’s posts.  They’re very thoughtful, personal and entertaining reads.


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