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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wine find of the week: Domaine de la Mordoree 2005 La Dame Rousse, Lirac

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So, after a hiatus, I am back to drinking for a living. Sorry for the interruption.

This week's wine find is a tad on the pricey side - I said I'd try to keep them under $20, but this one came in at $20.99. There's a couple of reasons for that - one is that I shopped this week at the Wine Gallery and Market in the shopping center on the corner of Piedmont Road and Sidney Marcus Blvd. That place ain't cheap! A great place to go for a really special bottle of wine, but not much that looked super appealing to me in the under-$20 range. The other reason is that I actually think this wine is a good value for the price.

Domaine de la Mordoree 2005 La Dame Rousse, Lirac, France

I'm sad to say that this wine has nothing to do with some French Lord Of the Rings evilness. The Rhone blend (50% granache, 50% syrah) is bursting with black cherry, but is medium bodied and extremely well balanced. Many wines I've had from the Lirac AOC tend to be quite soft, but this exhibits more boldness. It finishes dry, with some liquorish and black pepper lingering. Great food wine, great drinking-without-food wine, and far more elegant than you'd usually find a French red at this price.

Next week I'll get back in recession mode.

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