Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tasting notes: E. Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France, 2009

Original tasting notes: This is E. Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France, 2009, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled five years from vintage date, in December, 2014.  Thanks for the gift, Eric!

In the glass: Deep brick with charcoal cast.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep beefy notes along with a biting pepper tanginess.  From the aroma, seems like this will be both big and bracing.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact mouth-filling with big red ripe currant fruits, plus a melange of raspberry and blackberry, loaded with dry cinnamon and pepper.  Succulent and bracing, all at the same time.  Epitomizes bold red fruits, mouth-watering acidity, aromatic spices and combines with a lengthy, clean, crisp finish to create a wine that provides layers of pleasure.

In summary: Overall, a wine I wouldn't let out of my hands for the evening - in fact, it might be tough for you to nudge a glass out of my hands before the bottle was gone!

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