All three demonstrated a similarity of style – a house style if you will – forward fruit, crowed-pleasing drinkability and a ripe, up-front fruitiness.
Wine Tasting Note: Domaine Cristia Vin de Pays Grenache, 2007, Vin de Pays Des Portes de la Méditerranée, Southern Rhône.
Price: £7.99 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
Not an overly complex aroma but a highly attractive palate – upfront sweetness, rounded and smooth with a hint of tannin and a balancing acidity. Good herb, spice and hints enlivens a plumy richness of flavour. Smooth and drinkable enough to slurp without food – it is that richness and sweetness helping it all along but there is enough weight to accompany food. Attractive. Alcohol 13%.
[ out of 5] Scribblings Rating – 90/100
Wine Tasting Note: Domaine Cristia Cairanne, 2007,Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne, Southern Rhône, France.
Price: £10.99 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
The least successful of the trio. Pleasant enough and again demonstrating the ranges’ sweet-fruited drinkability but lacking a little ‘zing’ and complexity to make it stand out. Hints of ink, a smidge of ink and plenty of blackberry fruit give the palate weight and some interest. Perhaps a little young still.
A blend of “Shiraz, Grenache & Other Spicy Reds”. Alcohol 15%.
[ out of 5] Scribblings Rating – 86/100
Wine Tasting Note: Domaine Cristia Gigondas, 2007, Rhone, France
Price: £13.99 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
Very similar in style to the Grenache – an inherent, smooth richness that makes for high ‘drinkability’. More spice on the flavour but a little lighter in style with a longer lasting flavour. Spicy, leathery touches – another good sign of a perfect roast lamb match. Lovely flavours of red fruits mixed with blackberries, elderberry, a leatheriness, a strawberry edge and a dusting of spice. Alcohol 15%.
[ out of 5] Scribblings Rating – 92/100
There are three other wines available from this Domaine – Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2006 (£19.99), Rasteau 2007 (£10.99) and a Vacqueyras 2007 (£10.99). The Naked Wines website actually says little about the domaine, apart from the Chateauneuf gaining a high Parker score. I’d like to know where the domaine is, the size of the estate, if they buy in grapes from other growers and the specific grape composition in each wine. I’ll just have to send a question to the wine makers…
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