Vinturied into a decanter and let sit for 3+ hours. Colour is deep garnet-medium ruby. Nose of dark red fruits and black currants. Cassis, black licorice, and a hint of black earth and black tea are detected on the palate; getting some black plums as well; fleshy and tannic on the entry and dry at the end but has a nice long finish to accompany it.
Coravined. Ruby red with slight bricking. Reddish-black fruits, pepper, and new saddle leather on the nose. A structured and earthy palate reveals medium acidity, supple tannins and peppery red fruits on the finish.
No specific TN. But wow, this is a tasty wine. Made all the better watching OSU take down Oregon. Nice red fruit, with notes of earth and spice. The tannins of this 8 yr old wine are finally softening, and the med acidity is ample for the size of this wine. Drinking beautifully now, with room to grow through 2020.
This took a looong time (4-5 hours) to come around in the decanter, initially showing lots of bitter tannin and unpleasant bite. By the end of the night it was showing some sweet/tart red fruit on the nose. Brambly black licorice and earth on the palette. Hold to 2017.
Like many Rhone wines from the 2007 vintage, on release this wine was dark, fruity, lush, and mouth filling. A classic GMS blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah, except that the amount of Mourvedre is unusually high. The main changes 7 years later are that the feel in the mouth has evolved to show more of the drying but smooth tannins from the Mourvedre, plus better integration, balance, and savoriness. Will continue to drink deliciously for at least another 4 years.
Second Sunday Group: 2009 Bordeaux (Augie's): Aromas of tar, tapenade and black fruits with underlying spice and pepper qualities. Full-bodied and ripe but not overly so, with flavors of black fruit, licorice, tapenade and pepper. Long finish. Much better than I expected it to be.
Used a third of bottle w/garlic and thyme to marinate an eye roast which worked well. Drank the remainder over 2 days. At first slightly rough with mostly minerals. After an hour or so the fruit emerged and drank nicely. Lots of dark fruits pepper and spice with a nose much of the same.
Deep red with purple highlights. Tight initially, then the nose opens to reveal dark red plums, berries, leather, wet earth and a touch of pepper. A full bodied palate follows through with masculine dark red fruits, new saddle leather, medium-low acidity and a structured, firm finish. This could use more time in the bottle.
Typical Gigondas. Earthy tone with notes of black pepper and spice. Also, dark fruits, but cannot identify them. Loved it with grilled meat. Pulled the cork 1-2 hours before drinking. Did not decant, but did not seem to need more than pulling the cork early. One pro reviewer says it will last until 2025. I am not sure it will last that long. I would use a back end year of something in the 2018-2020 range.
Deep red in color. Aromas of raspberries, black plums, moist earth , indian spice and white pepper. A medium bodied and lush palate reveals good depth to the sweet red berry fruit, wet soil and low acidity. This is a very good QPR.
Very nice med intensity notes of black pepper, moist soil, red cherry and raspberry fruit. Med bodied with med alcohol and nice, fairly rounded tannins at this point, supported by ample med acidity, leading into the red fruit and peppery finish. A good quality wine, drinking really nicely now, but will likely further improve with 1-2 more years bottle age, and drink well til around 2020.
PHMG WAG: the Southern Rhones (Chez Lyon in Eugene, OR): This bridges the gap a little between "old rustic" and "new fruit driven". Earth and forest floor complement the red and black fruit, while the texture is right down the center of the fairway. I don't see this getting a lot better, put it on your "to do" list.
Nice spicy character earthy barnyard aromas, leathery with ripe plum, and cherries.. Very pleasant wine .. This wine has great potential. Full bodied with concentration of fruits. Pleasant with a fine finish. This wine is very nice now but has the stuff to go 5-10 years...
I absolutely love drinking this wine. Very aromatic earthy bouquet- meaty, mushroom, leather with nice red fruit. The thing that just grabs me with this wine is the lively, energetic personality. For a wine with little to no noticeable tannin it has amazing body. This wine needs no age and I hope to keep drinking them until they fade as every bottle has hit the mark. For my palate I would go as far as to say this is the best sub $25 wine I've ever bought.
Decanted for an hour...strawberry, cherry, and black raspberry with tons of lavender and violets backed up with garrigue, tar, and crushed stone. Moderately tannic with good acidity and a mineral/tar finish. Probably has five more years to go before decline, but drinking well now with at least this much decant...we'll see where we are in an hour or two.
At 3 hours, getting sour cherry, blackberry, pepper, loads of violet, asphalt, and roasted herbs with black olive and ash emerging on the finish.
After 6 hours, syrah coming through... blueberry, cassis, fig, wild strawberries, white pepper, violets, and lavender compete with tar, tobacco, and tapenade.
Opened this bottle earlier than I had intended due to extenuating circumstances, but it is drinking nicely now. If I end up with another, I'll be sure to hold it for another 2 years though.
I've generally liked all the 2007 Rhones that I've taste and I was certainly looking forward to this one. The nose was very disappointing on opening with very little fruit apparent. In the mouth it was smooth with surprisingly uncomplicated tannins. There ware hints of strawberry and plum with a hint of forest floor. Finish medium short. Very restrained. I decanted this overnight and by the second day it had opened up appreciably. A fruit forward Rhone, this had great fruit character with a blend of red currants and strawberry. The savoury components were still a little lacking and the finish hadn't improved much. I was hoping that after 5 years this bottle would be approaching drinkability, I still think this needs a further three years to fully integrate.
Solid Rhone wine and huge QPR @ $20! Drank one last night wine homemade chicken soup great pairing that made each better. Drank good on its own. Definitely recommend. A little too acidic on opening, but just got better as the night went on. Decant or wait 2 years.
Very approachable, tasty and well suited to dry rubbed pork roast or king salmon. I've had this twice now and think I'll put some away for a year or two... the wine shop says it is nearly gone... I recommend it. Well balanced for food, delicisous to sip alone.
Red 2007 Guigal Masterclass (Stockholm): Deep red colour with some purplish notes and slightly faded edge. Nose in a rather fruity style with dark and red berries, some spice, some graphite notes, initially some oak barrel notes. Palate with red and dark berries, powerful concentration of fruit, noticeable spice, rather present tannins, balancing acidity, almost "barnyard-tasting". Somewhat young, would gain from cellaring. 90+ p Compared to the other two Guigal southern Rhône 2007s, this has the most discrete nose and actually a bit of Mourvèdre feeling.
Full bodied, concentrated wine with tons of earth and underbrush backed up by understated bur concentrated fruits. Great balance and probably could benefit from more bottle age, but good with an hour decanting.
Popped and poured at 11 am for the NY Jet's tailgate this Sunday. An excellent wine with reasonable multi-flavor complexity that went down very smoothly. I'll pass on the nose because we were outside in the parking lt with grills all around us drinking out of Martha Stewart tulip wine glasses. The palate was pepper spice, meat juices and raspberry, with some dark tart cherry. I looked for the emergence of the raspberry since this is a grenache-based wine and it was there, but a bit on the light side. I checked the Guigal web site this morning at the blend is 50% grenache, 20% syrah and 30% mourvedre, which I think explains the lighter raspberry component mixing with syrah pepper spice and meaty mourvedre. This wine did not quite get the WOW 90+ points but it is a pleasure to drink it.
Black pepper, spice. Allot of this is apperently Mourvedre. And you feel that on the back -- grippy and dark in that Mourvedre kinda way. Only 60% grenache. Really tarry. Nate notes "beef stock". Very umami braised meat thing going on. Its a year and half in 500 liter barrels apperently. Nate carries on "it has that whole sticky tounge thing. Apperently the feeling is that Gigondas makes the best Mourvedre. "
Delicious, a great example of the vintage - Dark, full bodied with a nose of cherry, plum, spice, pepper and vanilla, amazing structure and balance, silky smooth on the palate with excellent length, awesome (91 Points).
Aroma of earth, mushroom, soy sauce. Tastes of charred cherries. Leather, spice and minerals. Great balance and very long tangy finish. Nice grippy pronounced tannins. This wine just kept getting better with aeration too.
This wine is definitely hitting its stride now. Such a beautiful nose of red and black fruit, asian spices, hoisin sauce and garrigue. The palate was phenomenal to boot. This was really tasting very CdP right at this moment. I'm tempted to go back and by a 6 pack. Nice smooth tannins are very well integrated with the acidity and the finish last medium to long. about 45 seconds.
Meaty, rocks, gravel, and earth and of course blackberries; rich, soft and velvety with reduced acidity and somewhat rustic tannins; this had a little herbal aspect and a medium finish. Nice, classic, and par for the course for the vintage.
Splash decanted and drank over 1.5 hrs. A little old world on the nose with some earthy mushroom aromas joining the red fruits. Meaty and earthy notes on the palate compliment with slightly tart red fruits, red licorice, and some raspberry syrup, though there is little impression of sugar. Fleshed out as it opened and the fruit unfurled. Sound structure with firm, fine tannins and good acidity make this excellent with food. Recommend decanting for at least an hour at this point.
Little tied up at first (without decanting), but came around something smooth two / three hours later. The nose-to-first-taste is seamless - all about some dark berries. Tannins obvious throughout, sticking to my cheeks and gums, but smooth in the way I like. Some good minerals, a little game. High-profile balance and a good sip of earth.
Always a winner. Lots of fruit smell when you pop the cork with hint of lavender. I de-canted for 2 hours and it really mellowed. We had lamb chops with a chimi churri sauce. A sort of olive oil, parsley, lemon mix. We also had Swiss chard from the garden with onion and garlic. The wine had the taste of the earth, the smell of southern France and lots of fruit.
Adecent, but light Gigondas, with dark berries in the wine which is much thinner than the CdP, though almost the same blend. A bit of underbrush and some cooking spice with a short to medium finish. smooth tannins made this a popular wine, but lacking a bit on acidity. Again I would not choose this again because Perrin & Fils gigondas was a couple bucks less and much bigger in the taste, tannin and acid parts.
Um jovem e estruturado Gigondas. Cor rubi escuro brilhante. Ao nariz ainda se mostra discretamente fechado, mas já complexo e com boa tipicidade, tem um agradável toque apimentado, frutas vermelhas, notas de tabaco e um fundo mineral. Na boca é encorpado, com sabor agradável mas relativamente contido, ainda falta uma maior expansão que deverá aparecer com a idade. Os taninos se fazem notar, mas são finos. Acho que esse vinho ganhará muito com uma guarda de pelo menos mais uns 3 anos. É bom deixar respirar por mais de 1 hora. Deve aguentar bem por até 2020 (+?).
The most reliable negociant in the Rhone - North or South, is probably Guigal. Great wine at good QPR. This is a well balanced Gigondas which offers a bouquet of spice, pepper and black currants. Palate is smooth with lively tannins and bright acidity. instead of a typical fruity white, surprise yourself by pairing this Gigondas with a spicy dish like a stir fry pepper steak.
14% abv, 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah. It is purple-black in color. Nose of saddle leather, wet soil, charcoal, plums, and blueberries. The fruit aromas are echoed on the palate, with ripened cassis and plums, then notes of wet gravel and smoke. The mid palate is nicely balanced, with ample acidity for mouth watering tartness, then a medium-length finish with dusty & chalky tannins. Matched beautifully with sirloin steaks this evening. This wine is only going to get better. Has 10+ years still ahead of it. What a nice QPR @ $25. Wow.
Good wine and definitely worth the money. More subdued and lower on the fruit than I remember from the last time I had the wine. Popped and poured so more oxygen might have helped. Otherwise well built with good structure.
Had this 375mL bottle while watching some good Sunday afternoon football at the condo - specifically, watching Tim Tebow, the biggest joke of a first round QB pick that I can recall, sucking it up against the Lions. I don't know if watching that bozo's clown show on the turf made this wine much better, but I just might have given it an extra point for the appeal of the situation in which it was drunk. As a disclaimer, I am a New York Giants fan, and have no stock in the AFC West in general; it is so amusing to me to see Tebow fulfill the experts' predictions though...
As for the wine... it makes me think of a pitcher who is right at the peak of his windup, about to deliver what looks to be a perfect strike. All of the elements are in the nose, palate, and finish, that one would expect from a Gigondas from such a full, ripe, and monumental vintage - garrigue, woody notes, kitchen spice, purple fruits, blueberry/blackberry, sweet cherry, a bit of olive, gaminess, nice minerality, and such. However, for the time being, these flavors are all bound into one tight package just waiting to develop into something more complex. This wine does have the tannic structure and acidity to lay down for a couple of years or more, and right now there is just too much energy bound into each sip. Enjoyable now, but this should greatly reward moderate term cellaring on the order of 2-5+(?) years.
88 for the wine - 89 if you include the Tebow debacle in the equation - with at least 2-3 points of upside potential. Great QPR at under $25 for a 750.
Very nice indeed! Good dark color and very boisterous aromatically. Smells of some rich red berry pie, blueberry, ripe plum and smoky black cherry. It's all candy. The Grenache really shows forward. Medium body with sturdy acidity to balance but the fruit keeps comin'. Flavors match with same candy like red fruit but with a twist of blackpepper and minerals. There is a sense of intensity and willingness to play ball with this specimen. Exquisite wine!
Dark ruby and quite lively in the glass The nose opens up with sweet cherries, raspberries, minerals and herbs, a tad knit. In the mouth it has a good balance and the fruit is well harnessed by good acidity, finish is medium. Drinks fine now and within 4 years.
Ordered at a restaurant, popped and poured, brought home and finished there. Note from at home a few hours after being originally opened. Dusty nose with a bit of cured meats and some spices. Taste is more red fruit than dark with a good amount of pepper. Fair acids up front though the tannins still dominate now. This needs some time but should work out to be an extremely solid Gigondas.
The nose is more savory in direction, with aromas of topsoil, game, and mushrooms overshadowing tart black fruit. On the palate the wine opens with ripe and focused red fruits. More distinct elements of raspberry and strawberry arise on the lush mid-palate, as well as hints of sundried tomato. The wine finishes with firm tannins and medium length, showing components of leather, charcoal, and black pepper. The fruit has good focus, but the wine itself seems to lack a corresponding level of linear structure. All things considered, however, it has the potential to evolve with some time in the bottle. R&M 85
A very fine Southern Rhone. A bit of pepper, but not as distinct as some other Gigondas wines. Excellent balance and blend is well integrated with bright fruit at the front, a good level of acid and tannin to stay with the meal, and a medium long finish. I think it will improve with a 2-3 more years of bottle time.
Nose had some cherries, baking spice and a little heat. Juicy but sour red fruit on the palate with some wet earth and chalky tannins on the finish. Still showing young with a good amount of acidic structure...much better with food.
Full jammy fruit that at first made my think of Australian GSM wines. Aside from the fuller body / 14% alcohol, the nose is almost reminiscent of a Beaujolais, but it is distinctive Rhone varietals on the palate. Ultimately, a nice drinker, but not a very complex or deep wine. Very little tannins if any but some acidity. Good for the price but nothing memorable.
I would describe this as fancy CdR versus cheap CdP, with the proviso that in some vintages it can be the reverse.
As with other the Southern Rhone 07's I've tasted it exhibits very full jammy fruit indicative of the hot vintage. But very little structure and complexity. I would not likely guess that this was Gigondas if tasted blind. I've tasted a number of the Guigal Gigondas blends and this vintage is very different. Stated otherwise, varietal characteristics were lacking (IMO).
Second day and some fruit receding slightly and I can taste some of the more typical peppery tannic notes.
Not to say that this wine isn't delicious, but it is essentially an improved version of the CdR (which is quite good) for more than twice the price (almost 3x).
Will be interested to try the Guigal CdP when it is finally released to compare.
Like a BRICK of coal-smoke and black pepper. Great dencity, but too much alcohol and tannins for my taste. I know this is a Parker94 or something like that, but just too much oomph for me. I think '07 Gigondas in general is just too tight and heavy in comparison to '06 and '05 vintages. Maybe this evolves into a 90+ wine, but right now it's just not in the comfort-zone of my palate.
No formal notes taken so I will not score. I do remember a very focused, streamlined Rhone with tons of red fruit and minerality. It was missing some of the showiness of other '07s I have had recently but that was definitely not a flaw. A little tight with med-high acid tannins that should relax and unveil some complexity over time.