07 June 2005
2003 Fairview Goats Do Roam Red
Consider this a followup to my earlier review of the same winery's Goats Do Roam in Villages. I didn't like that wine, even though I love the story behind it. But the regular Goats Do Roam was only $8, so I thought, what the hell? I sipped it along with a traditional pizza margherita. The breakdown has varied a bit over the years, but one list I found broke down the ingredients as follows: 33% Pinotage, 22% Shiraz, 13% Grenache, 13% Carignan, 10% Cinsault, 5% Gamay Noir and 4% Mourvèdre. In other words, this is like taking the native grape of South Africa and throwing it in a blender with all the major grapes of Southern France. And I liked it. Dry, and nicely tannic, but not overly fruity (in other words, well balanced). It doesn't have that sour smell/taste one asscociates with cheap red wine. This is definitely a great table wine, and I think it would go well with an afternoon barbecue. In fact, I plan on bringing a couple of bottles to the family Fourth of July BBQ in Murfreesboro next month. Definitely recommended. My dream is to serve one of these wines with goat cheese and roasted goat, as I love those two foods deeply, and this is the only wine I know of that is specifically crafted to match those two dishes.