Bob’s Pick: 2013 La Grange Des Combes Saint-Chinian-Roquebrun Rouge, $20.00

This wine, from Saint-Chinian-Roquebrun, a sub-region of the Languedoc in southern France, is, as is the want there, a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre.  Recently we have been getting in a number of these SGM blends from a bit further north, from the hills of the Rhône River that are either Chateaunuef du Pape wanna-bes (big and briary and leathery) or light and juicy (Pinot Noirish). This wine, however, is true to its more southern designate. It is muscular without being pumped up, and delicate enough to flash with class—kind of like a jazz dancer. A great balanced wine, it shows blackberry, dark cherry and roasted plum notes with a mid-palate complement of fresh turned garden, peppercorn and tarragon. Perfect with red or white meat off the summer grill. Oh yeah, one of those glossy wine magazines (I think it was Rhine Spectator?) rated it at 91 points.  Not bad, but I give it 93.