Thursday, October 10, 2013

Review: ***+ $ E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone, France, 2006 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: I've sampled Guigal Cotes du Rhone a few times before.  In every case, I believed I would have enjoyed them more in their youth than in the number of years of cellaring I had allowed them.  I am following the same misguided path, then, in sampling this one in its seventh year since vintage date.

Original tasting and review : This is E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone, France, 2006, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep red, with both brick and purple highlights.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky, deep, soft fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be easy drinking, not too-long aged.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a mouth full of flavor, capturing lively, fresh, ripe sweet blackberry fruit plus a backbone of tannins, acids and, mostly, distinctive peppery spice.  Fresh and fragrant finish, not showing a hint of its seven years of age.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for vivacity on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Easy best value designation.

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