Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Review and Rating: *** $$ El Nino Loco, Gros Guillaume, Cotes Du Luberon, 2006, France

Review: This value-based Rhone red wine is dark purple, almost opaque in the glass.

On the nose, it's got a deep black plum aroma. The sip delivers an immediate blast of slightly fruit, sandpapery, chalky tannins to the roof of your mouth, cascading tight plum notes down the sides of your mouth. A bit of charcoal on the extracted, sparky finish. Interesting, needs time. 3 stars out of 5.

I don't see other reviews on the 2006, but Robert Parker gave 90 points to the 2005, writing, "The 2005 El Nino Loco (60% Carignan, 30% Grenache, and 10% Syrah) is fresh and lively with hints of new saddle leather, raspberry and black cherry fruit, and loamy soil notes mixed with some resiny pine forest scents. It is dark ruby/purple, medium bodied, elegant, and impressive."

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