Sunday, May 16, 2010

Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone-Villages

Louis Bernard
Côtes du Rhône-Villages
Grenache, Syrah 
Vaucluse, France
$9.07 -- H.E.B., Austin, TX

Color: Medium garnet
Nose: Strawberries, cherries
Body: Medium
Front: Cherry, pepper
Middle: Watery blueberry
Back: Soft tannins
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Screwcap

The Bernard was not a favorite tonight: it's a bit awkward, though it has some charming flavors lurking in it. The mid-palate is pretty hollow, though, and disappointing, given the somewhat wild nose. It was better with a little manchego, and tragic with garlic toast: a bit of an awkward guest!