Given that I am the only reviewer thus far, I feel the need to provide an update. Enjoying my last bottle now. The nose is of prune, stewed fruits, earth. On the palate, the tannins are now fully integrated, muddled blue and black fruits dominate, with some raisin and prune. A much better showing than my prior review. I feel almost apologetic because this is a very good Gigondas. I wouldn't hold this longer though.
91+ points — 9 days ago
Deep red, spicy red fruit nose, cran-cherry pepper palate. Quite smooth and soft mouthfeel. Medium plus tannins. Medium long enjoyable finish. A very nice Malbec. Perhaps more on my next bottle, this may deserve a slightly higher rating (case in hand). Paired with blackened tuna.
91+ points — a month ago
100% Malbec grown at an altitude of 1600 meters in volcanic soil. This is not your average run of the mill South American Malbec. This Chilean wine is richly blueish red in color that streaks the glass with its viscous 14.5 ABV, medium plus body.
The nose is floral, herbal, and spicy. On the palate the pepper leads, accompanied by fresh red fruit, wood and nuts. The tannins are smooth and the finish is long.
This wine is stellar and it is not done improving, as the oak notes will develop into tertiary flavors. I have more that I will save and comment on later. Vive Chile!!!
93+ points — 16 days ago
Green bell pepper jumps out of the glass 11 years later.... Vegetal all around. Green pepper, green olive , olive brine..... Subtle cedar..
astounding. Opened against my will. Stellar nonetheless, as expected from this Hallmark.
95+ points — a month ago
Okay so lots of confusion on the ID of this wine. I am drinking 2019 Oakley Road and it's not stellar considering it's coming from Joel Peterson. I am a Ravenswood fan, cut my teeth on Zin, and know these wines, and I can tell you... This is sub par. You could stop at the nose. New oak, wood, and more wood dominates. Some white pepper is begging to be allowed entrance. The palate is sour cherry, and wood. It's hot with razor sharp tannins. This wine is an over the top grandstand from a great winemaker. My advice, stop pandering to the mass effect Cali audience.
90 points — 14 days ago
This is excellent! It's nice to be able to buy a well-cellared wine. Cedar, spice, clove, and cherry tobacco nose. Medium weight, perfect medium acidity, medium plus alcohol. Spearmint starts to emerge at the end. Cherry dominates the finish which is long and well balanced with soft fully resolved tannins. The wine is ready now. Drink up and enjoy.
93 points — 2 months ago