Some nice wines over the last two nights; 5/13/2015-5/14/2015: Really in a nice place right now. A nose of boysenberries, spice and some earthiness. Full bodied. Plenty of fruit left. Nice acidity. Medium to full bodied. Juicy. Nice boysenberry fruit with some earthiness. No hurry. Getting close to peak though.
Concentrated and loaded with ripe black berry fruits, good garrigue, a touch of pleasant sweetness and good acidity. Soft tannin and a good length. Really good now and no hurry at all, but I think the wine is at its peak now and the next few years. Was perfect with duck.
Ripe black berry fruits, garrigue and minerals in both the bouquet and on the palate. Black olives. Pleasant sweetness and acidity. Round tannin and a good complexity and length. The wine is still youthful but certainly shows potential for ageing. Already a great pleasure. Great qpr. 92+
Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Dark core with garnet rim; nose of mineral and framboise, ripe and fruity with some olive in the background; flabby, strong fruit though losing some snap, a little muddled; low acid, too much fruit, and no definition should sum up the '07 vintage.
Drank w/ 07 Saint Cosme Valbelle & 09 Santa Duc Hautes Garrigues. Opens with granite dust minerality, black fruits & violet aromatics. Otherwise reticent after 1-2 hours, & clearly young, though enjoyable. Fruit seems to want time to develop.
Decanted 2½ hour, which is not enough. It needs a lot of time to really open up. Very pleasent. Dark violet color. Intense nose of plum, dark red/black fruit. Concentrated palate of plum, liqorice needed more time to show it complexity. Just lovely.
Decanted for 3-4 hours. Color is a dark dense red. Legs are quick to form. The nose is dark tree fruit, vanilla, tar, and maybe a little hint of anise. Even after 4 hours I get the feeling the wine is still closed.
Full bodied and round, the palate is again dark ripe/sun dried fruit, with vanilla maybe expresso. The tannins are a little leathery, but not over the top. The first few sips were a little hot, but this tended to dissipate with time in the glass. The finish is medium/long vanilla and dried fruit.
Pretty balanced wine, but acidity could be more pronounced. High alcohol and tannins with decent fruit. Overall a very good wine that could use a little more time in the bottle and drink well for 10-20 years.
A full bodied Gigondas with a complex nose and palate resembling spiced meat and a mix of red fruit and a variety of minty notes (over time). Too complex to break down further. Very smooth with a lengthy finish due to nice balanced tannins. Evolves nicely in a decanter. I expect that this wine will improve further with age.
Wonderfully floral nose...but um...if I am to believe the notes below, then this must really not be my cup of tea. The palate was tannic, fruity, lacked body, and finished hot. I had my fiancee try it to make sure I hadn't lost it, and she promptly scrunched her noise and said "ew." I really don't think its flawed, but I will update my note if necessary after the next bottle.
Concentrated cherry, violet, sage, lavender and crushed stone. Mellow tannins and full bodied. Wonderful long finish. A truly excellent Gigondas. Who knew that it would be a perfect match with my Persian lamb stew and saffron rice? Parker's 95 rating seems a bit high, but regardless, the QPR on this one remains extraordinary.
nose: dark and rich nose of black fruits, herbs, black cherries, liqueur, beefy tones and a slight bit of heat. While its a dark nose, it isn't brooding and doesn't have that sort of sleekness that the 07 CdPs posses
taste: medium/full bodied with medium tannins and medium acidity along with bits of wild spices, black fruits, herbs, liqueur tones, roasted meats, along with some glycerin. There is definitely that quality from other 07s and the tannins are on the sneaky side
overall: this wine benefited from a good bit of air. This definitely needs some time to round fully into form, but I like how it certainly shows its darker qualities and has a good robustness to it as well.
Consumed over two days. I was puzzled by this wine, honestly. Pleasant enough drinking but very one-dimensional, dominated by fruit, and not particularly intense fruit, at that. Almost none of the pepper and earth I typically enjoy in Gigondas. Weak QPR, in my opinion, and I would not buy again. There are many more interesting wines to be had for this kind of money. I respect Parker and usually agree with his assessments, but I feel that he missed this one, and am a bit annoyed that I purchased this based on his review and 95 point score.
I don't know what to make of this wine. The nose is a little muted but you can definitely feel the alcohol on the nose. Black licorice and dark plum, almost stewed with ripe blackberry on the nose. The palate replays the nose and there is very little acidity in the wine. It does show elegance and decent structure and after re-tasting a day later, there wasn't a huge difference in the wine. Seems rather linear right now and I am hoping that elegance and balance are promising signs for the future. Not sure if Parker was tasting the same wine when he rated this 95 points but it is a 91 pointer for now, mostly due to its incredible balance. Time will tell.
Day 2: This tasted way better than day one. More fruit(licorice, dark plums)with some smoke and spices. It opened up nicely but is still young. The heat is there but less pronounced. We shall see what future holds for the other 4 bottles.