Saturday, September 3, 2011

Review: *** $ E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France, 2004

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By way of background, opening thoughts: E. Guigal has made an entry-priced Cotes du Rhone that I was quite a fan of in a prior vintage, 2003.  Today, we will explore a later vintage, 2004, which has seen a full seven years of cellar time since vintage.  I have high hopes.

Original tasting and review : This is E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France, 2004, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Guigal's CdR is a deep mahogany, showing brick at the edge. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deep fruits, hints of freshness, hints of vegetable.  From the aroma, seems like this will be soft and rich.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact both clean fruity up front, but also with a hint of old world bramble and texture.  Shows full-ripe raspberry as a prime fruit element. 

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, holding up well after so many years.  This 2004 vintage held up to age slightly better than the 2003.  Yet, as with the 2003, I do believe this would have fared better in the brilliance of its youth. 

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