Dark, red colour. On the nose cherries, blackberry, game and blackpeppar. The palet is medium acidity, medium astringency, medium+ body and a taste of plums, blackberry, leather och black peppar. Lovely wine to red meat, pommes duchesse with a taste of goat cheese and thyme roasted celeriac.
Def a great wine at the $20 price range. Would buy more at that price wo question. No sediment, pop and pour is fine, plum and dark fruits, the only downfall of this wine is that it finishes kinda short, but really does taste good.
Plush and soft with plum flavors throughout. Tad bit of spices and the classic black pepper but everything has integrated and mellowed with time. It's Somewhat simple but really lovely at this time. Drink up as its mature.
Gave to CJ For her birthday December 2015. This is the last bottle and I would definitely purchase more. Excellent. The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like plum. It tastes like plum. The body is medium. The wine has smooth texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has low acidity.
A smooth operator and very well made as such; this is a syrah wine, that could join any party in the city and go unnoticed, there is no sauvage-style here, just creamy taste wine with olives, hint of bacon, sweetness from the oak and quite the polished exterior, if you consider the genre. (with PW, watching boring football)
The wine looks garnet colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like blackberry, black currant (cassis) and plum. It tastes like oak, stoniness, black pepper, blackberry and black currant (cassis). The body is medium. The wine has round texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has medium acidity.
Nice. Bit of Brett upon opening, which blows off quickly. The wine exhibits flavors of mixed black fruits, cocoa, and a smidgen of charred beef. Tannins and acidity are perfectly balanced with the other components, and I find delicate florals and moderate oak at the end.
If this bottle is representative, the wine is right in the middle of its drinking window now. Hard to find a fault with this one. Good QPR.
took 45mins to open and was a bit acidic to start, but settled down when it open. Saved 1/2 for the second day and that it where it really came through. Less old world Syrah notes than I excepted but was really good. I'd says it will keep drinking well for 5yrs.
Nice. A bit bretty upon opening, but this blows off quickly. The wine shows aromas and flavors of blackberry, blackcurrant, dark tobacco, toffee, butterscotch, and a lingering floral perfume. The finish is moderately tannic and moderately long. An excellent value, as are Guigal Crozes-Hermitages generally.
A lovely, elegant Syrah with captivating savory notes on the nose and a full, fruit-forward palate. This is still holding up nicely and can hang on for some years yet, though the tannins are almost imperceptible other than providing a substrate for the fruit.
Very good. Black fruits, a little white pepper, beefy, opaque, a rich feel to it. Fairly silky considering it could use a few more years. No price on the shelf and I could not convince the employee at Osco that it was not the same wine as the Guigal CdR sitting next to it on the shelf. So I got it for the 13.99 CdR price! Unfortunately there were only two left and the other 4 Oscos in the area did not have any. Some kind of beautiful mistake.
A youthful-looking, semi-opaque, dark magenta in color, but lightening quite a bit at the edge. This needs a good hour of air time before its fruit fully emerges. Subtle, but complex aromas of crushed dark berries, sous bois and bramble on the nose. Full-bodied, rich and plush in texture. There's plenty of tangy blackberry and plum fruit character to this, along with a lively acidity. The polished finish shows good length and contains attractive notes of roasted game, crushed stone and spice. The velvety tannins are not quite fully integrated, suggesting this has quite a few years left in its prime drinking window. A very nice Northern Rhone - and at just $19, about as good a value as you are likely to find within that category. 50+5+12+16+7=90
Rather confected and overripe both on nose and palate. prunes, stewed cherry with little acid, on a thin backbone. On day two some pepper and more structural elements emerges so maybe this will improve, but ultimately i think it is a very spoofed expression of syrah
Drank over three days. A lot more wine that you might expect; it drinks like north Rhone wines, Cote-Rotie in particular, that are two to three times pricier. Great nose of pepper, herbs, smoke, and charcuterie. Silky and seductive mouthfeel. Delightful attack, even better mid palate, inky, great weight and texture. Structured back and long finish. A very satisfying north Rhone for under $30.
20 min decant. Intense nose of black fruit and some pepper. Initial flavor was a bit subdued, mostly primary black fruit. After an hour of air started to open up and became much more expressive. Fine tannins, some pepper on the finish. Drinking well after an hour+ of air but will wait before opening remaining bottles.
Dark color. Aromas of red and dark fruit, herbs and evergreen needles. Medium- to full-bodied with a lovely mix of red and dark fruits, black raspberry and spice on the palate. Guessed CA CS/CF blend. Most of us agreed- a very nice wine but not at all typical of its place.
decent nose of raspberry and cherry and cut grass or flowers. mouth was pretty flat, fruit on the front of the palette and tight tannins but not much else going on. it gained a little complexity of flavor with a couple hours of air, but still not very deep or interesting. this might improve a bit with some age or a long decant... there are some other timid flavors hiding in there.
This was a nice little wine, full of raspberry and cassis fruit and a hint of herbs... but this was mostly fruit driven. I didn't really get any Syrah character, or any sauvage elements. A bit too polished for me. Certainly well balanced, with good, easily accessible structure, but this came across and more as a well-made new-world Grenache rather than a Northern Rhone Syrah.
Opaque rosewood core with magenta rim. Nose of raspberries and graphite. The palate is quite tart, with taut tannins and a short finish. Several hours of decanting did little to loosen this up. The wine seems decently concentrated but is too youthful to drink; I'd recommend a few years in the cellar to allow this to mellow out and develop some tertiary flavors.
Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Very dark core with thin purple rim; vanilla, juicy dark fruit, glycerin; fatter palate, Old World, hint of pepper, some grainy tannin but there is a definite Syrah plushness to it, red apple skin, redder fruit on the finish; good but lacked some harmony compared to other bottles.
Hermitage and other N. Rhones (Jeff K's.): I really liked this wine. Great value. This is a wine to purchase in great vintages. Purple in color. Black raspberries, Five-spice powder and maybe some black olives on the nose. On the palate, chalky with black raspberries. Nice acidity. Seems like it should age a bit. I think some see this label and under value it. It can be found for under $20, great QPR.
Rote Früchte, viel Säure, zwar gut eingebunden, aber dadurch wesentlich frischer, als ich ihn erwartet hätte. Dazu Holz, welches aber auch gut eingebunden ist. Mehere Stunden dekantiert, bis sich alles ineinander fügte. Ein sehr guter Wein, aber irgendwie hatte ich mir ihn anders vorgestellt. Da es mein erster Crozes-Hermitage war, kann ich nicht beurteilen, ob er so schmecken muss, eventuell gehört das ja so ...
Monopole: Bright, ripe raspberry, blackberry puree, vibrant, juicy; medium body, intense, concentrated for this level; 2nd tasting revealed pepper, a bit more wild, garrigue notes after the Cote-Rotie. This is a spectacular Crozes, especially considering the price. Grown on the best hillside vineyards, not the plains.
Closed down on the first day. Really opened up the second. Deep ruby colour. Very aromatic. White flowers, white pepper, cured meat, boysenberry, thyme and kalamatta olive. Gorgeous stuff. Everything is fleshing out nicely. Medium-full body with Medium+ acidity. This will cellar nicely, but is quite approachable now given a 1-2 hour decant. Sweet, sweet tannins. 91+
I starten lidt kedelig næse af tjære og svovl, men derefter en superlækker duft af jordbær og hindbær samt toner af vanille og oliven? Dejlig rund smag og relativ let i smagen med fint afstemte tanniner i en god lang og let peberagtig eftersmag.
Paired very nicely with Mr Meow's fantastic grilled venison. The marinade's Provence-inspired herbs were a great compliment to to somewhat rustic nature of this Syrah. Pepper, olive, and nice acidic streak pulled this together nicely.
A little hot and overripe, but does bring some caper, black pepper and olive complexity. Swirling reveals some farmyard aromas. Palate comes across a bit sweet and round but is fairly structured. Not bad, but I wish it was less ripe.
13% d'alcool, 100% Syrah Oeil : profond, opacité 7/10 Nez : très compact à l'ouverture, il a eu besoin d'un bon 90 minutes pour s'exprimer pleinement. Projection 4/10, fumé, boisé, fruits noirs compacts et confits rappelant la mûre, le cassis et la myrtille, graphite, minéral, l'élevage domine l'ensemble pour l'instant... plutôt simple à ce stade-ci Bouche : sec, ample à grasse, acidité rafraîchissante, tanins charnus+, amertume moyenne-forte marquée par l'élevage, persistance moyenne+, rétro boisée, fumée, fruitée, amère, minérale Conclusion : joli vin fortement maquillé pour le moment, mais qui semble avoir une bonne épine dorsale pour digérer ce bois et s'affiner dans les prochaines années. Intéressant. À revoir en 2015. 88-90(?)
Munskänkarna 1-betygskurs, del 4 (Tyresö): Kraftig, tät blåröd färg. Stor doft av stall, charkuterier, björnbär, mörk choklad och lite gummi. Vissa stjälkiga toner. Fyllig, stram smak med björnbär och annan mörk frukt. Hög syra, lång men lite torr i slutet. 149kr på SB
Un Crozes bien typé, sur les olives et la viande fraîche. Corps relativement massif pour l'appellation, texturé, avec un fruit sucré et croquant qui rappelle le millesime. La finale me semble encore un peu brouillonne et rustique, avec une amertume un peu trop prononcée. Sans grand frisson, il s'agit d'une belle bouteille de Syrah pour le prix.
Tuesday Night Double Blind <$30 (Bin 75): Dark purple with thin bright purple rim; candied dark berry, violet, blackberry; some good body, fairly tannic, a little black olive, lots of black pepper, rocky, long finish; broad shouldered wine in need of some more bottle age; 90+
Clear, medium purple appearance. Pronounced nose. I had leather, and pungent farmyard smells, which should sound awful, but was really funky and good. Red fruits. On the palate, tannic, long finish. A lot of complexity and interest at this price level.
Uncorked 4 hours before serving. The 2009 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage is medium purple in colour with a black currant and bretty nose of mint, black olives, thyme, dark chocolate and slight smokiness. On the palate, an initial entry of black pepper and alcohol heat that unfortunately sticks out a bit before progressing to dark chocolate with underlying dark cherries and smokiness on the mid palate. Towards the end palate, tannins take over with a heavy grippy finish. Acidity, nonetheless, still does it brings out the flavours on the palate rather well.
Over time with air, the nose and palate of brettanomyces definitely starts to broaden giving the wine a tad bit of its own character. A youthful Crozes-Hermitage to be drinking now or in a few years to come - wine has a decent structure.
Very nice everyday wine. Lacks a bit of complexity, but has a really good qpr, that makes it very price worthy. Earth, some smoke and mortardella, quite deep dark sweet fruit on the nose, with some oak clearly present. On the palate the fruit it’s a bit thin & short, but has a nice sweetness and white pepper with a medium finish. Has lost some of the power it had about six months ago, so perhaps nothing for the longer cellaring perspective. Overall a brilliant daily wine.
The wine looks Ruby to Purple colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Black Olives, Blackberry, Mushroom, Stoniness, and Light toast. Really nice nose. It tastes like Stoniness, dark berries, Dust, and Black Pepper. The body is Medium. The wine has Bright texture. The wine finishes Short to medium. I think this is a bit of tease for greater northern Rhone wines, which I cannot afford. I like the wine but want more of all that is good in this wine - olives and spice. Good value and would buy again.
Dark and earthy with a bit of sage to the nose. Fruit is abundant but not well structured throughout. Peasant tannins a bit of heat on the finish. Opened some 2nd day, will hold the rest and try in a couple of years.
The wine is pleasant, round and smooth but lacks depth. Perhaps it needed decanting or some more age. It could still be closed in like other '09's. Disappointing to me. I don't understand RP's 92 rating. Almost no tannin. Seemed one dimensional.
Ruby red. Nose of black pepper, sage, redcurrant, smoked bacon. A bit of heat/alcohol apparent on the nose as well. Palate is medium full, with more currant and spices, quite tightly wound. Somewhat hollow in the midpalate. The finish shows smooth and pleasant tannins but showing a fair degree of heat and finishes very abruptly without any reel perseverance. Day two it has filled out a little in the midpalate and aftertaste, but it remains completely monolithic and not very interesting. Maybe it is shut down and will improve, for now i dont understand the RP note on this one!
Bright aromas of floral mixed berries with undertones of earthen black pepper and smoked game. Ripe, yet fresh dark fruit leads on the medium bodied palate, later adding to notes of violets, cured meats, and dried herbs. The finish persists with tart red fruited acidity, olive brine, and cigar box. Drinking very well now, but continuously got better with air. Wouldn't hesitate to keep these in the cellar for a few years. Hold. R&M89
Appearance: Ruby red. Lots of residue at the bottom of the bottle. Smell: Strawberries, cherries and some pepper. Taste: Somewhat drawn ack and unbalanced between fruit and acidity. Not nearly as good as the last bottle. Could this be the infamous Syrah tunnel? Will wait until 2015 before another bottle is opened.
Var riktigt nyfiken på detta med tanke på hur uppskrivet det är. Fin doft av björnbär, nymalen vitpeppar, chark och lite rökigt. Fin stunns i tanninerna och bra syra men känns inte speciellt behagligt i smaken. Faktiskt lite av en besvikelse utifrån förväntningarna. Givetvis prisvärt, men inte mer än så.
Crimson-purple; blackberries, blueberries, smoked meat, herbs, iodine; berry/cherry, medium body, good acidity, firm ripe tannins, decent finish. Shiraz-like notes of bacon/smoked meat, blackberries and spice but also herbs and minerals. Food-friendly acidity and somewhat harsh tannins. Agree with AlexGarner's note that it never seemed to settle or harmonize.
Once the wine has had a chance to open up, there is a dark core of black fruits and fragrant dried herbs. The minerality of the wine is given away with the wet rock and caper elements and there is also a pleasant earthyness of compost.
The palette is initially acidic but very quickly becomes tannic and is interesting, with the battle between the darker fruits and the bright, chewy mouthfeel never really being settled.
The finish has a little bitterness and is a bit too forward for my liking, although that could just be bottle variation. I don't have any more of these, so I'll read further reviews with great interest.
Probably not a wine for the long term, but is still probably a year off from its optimum drinking window.
This is a really good wine at this level, from a great vintage in the region. Guigal always deliver, and this is no exception. A good everyday drinking wine, with good and powerful Syrah fruit. White pepper and lovely tannins!
Fruity nose with some cinnamon. Still fresh on the attack. Nice strawberry and red cherry fruit with pronounced - but pleasant -young tannins. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and white pepper and slightly floral notes of roses. Length and after-palate are insignificant. A drinkable and pleasant companion.
Swe: en elegant doft av friskhet med inslag av viol. Smaken är frisk och fruktig med inslag av granatäpple. Väl avvägda taniner och bra karaktär. Ngt pepprig ton som ger bra tryck i eftersmaken. Spännande och se vad som händer om 5-8 år.
The 2009s are a cracking vintage, and this is one of my favourite of the bunch, and what amazing value. With a nose of back olives, raspberry leaf and blue fruits, this wine is super-interesting and layered. The palette has a nice spicy richness and great acidic balance with a long liquorice finish.