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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Colombelle Red Wine 2006

Hailing from Gascony, the 2006 Colombelle red (they make a white, too) opens with a nose similar to a Beaujolais. It takes on its own character on the palate, with a light to medium body, fresh berry flavors and moderate tannins that make it a good, inexpensive ($8) quaffer to pair with pizza, pastas or barbeque.

The ’06 Colombelle is 60 percent Tannat, blended with equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Tannat is typically used in France to make Madiran, Rosé wines and Armagnac. While the grape is not well known in the U.S. — it wasn't approved as a winemaking grape here until 2002 — it has thrived in Uruguay, where is now considered the "national grape," the same status that another French transplant, Malbec, enjoys in Argentina.
J. Silverheels Gray, 6:29 AM