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Louis / Dressner – Three Trees

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We’ve been fans of Louis/Dressner-LDM wines for several years now. We admire their devotion to naturally made, small batch artisanal producers, and while I can’t say that we’ve never had a bad wine from them, those have been few and far between. So, when we ran across these three from Three Trees, we were intrigued; when the salesman, who has never steered us wrong before described them as “awesome,” we were sold. Unfortunately, the wines themselves didn’t quite live up to that lofty, if overused, descriptor. Read on to see why.

2008 Three Trees White Wine (50% Rolle, 50% Macabeu) VDP de Cotes Catalanes, 12.5% alc., $15.99: Medium color, crisp and tart, with grapefruit, green apple and mineral flavors and aromas shaded with a hint of dirty socks. Medium bodied, with good cut and intensity, but fairly one-dimensional, even sale priced at $2 below the regular $17.99 tarrif. Find this wine

2008 Three Trees Red Wine (100% Syrah) VDP de Cotes Catalanes, 13% alc., $15.99: Opaque purple garnet, with farily ripe earthy plum character; somewhat peppery and otherwise lacking in complexity. Full bodied, well-structured and promising better things down the road, but at this point, overpriced. A fair value at $10-12. Find this wine

2008 Three Trees Red Wine (50% Syrah, 50% Grenache) VDP de Cotes Catalanes, 13.5% alc., $15.99: Ever-so-slightly cloudy dark garnet color; earth, iron and dark plum and berry flavors and aromas, and a little riper than the straight Syrah. Full bodied, with good structure and length, this is a good $12 red for $16. Find this wine

Imported by LDM Wines, Inc., New York, NY

I’ve been told that these wines sell for around $12 in New York City, so chalk another one up for our Michigan alcohol taxes and distributor markups. Sorry to say, I simply can’t recommend any of these at $15.99.

Reporting from Day-twah,

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