A delicious #syrah at incredible value. Showing well now but should age well. Med to almost med + complexity on the nose. Blue fruit along with spice and violets. A firmly structured palate with great balance and good length. Sweet cotton candy finish. #gramenon #southernrhone #cotesdurhone #ctbucklinwine — 2 years ago
A #cotesdurhone that punches above its price class. Pretty hairy tannins at first but you gotta let it breathe to mellow out and then you notice the pepper and spice on the beginning of a long finish. This wine is pretty flexible with food pairing. I will say I enjoyed older vintages more than this 2015. — 2 years ago
A 2009 Côtes du Rhône? For 13 bucks? Ok - twist my arm, RiteAid. E. Guigal suggests an eight year max on this one, and yep, still drinking nicely. The blend is a classic GSM, (52% Grenache, 45% Syrah, and 3% Mourvèdre), grown in the Rhône region of France - a hotbed of viticulture since the 1600s. Guigal has been cultivating wine inthe region since ~1940s producing both easily approachable table wine, (like the monsieur pictured here), and high end expensive bottles of pure delicious sunshine. Paired this with a yellow curry and for the price point, it was well worth it. Not sure there are many 2009s still out there - but for the money, you could do a lot worse. ~$13 | #guigal #côtesdurhône #gsm
On the eyes: Ruby with orange tinted rim, med concentration, bright, med stain, med tears, no gas/floc.
On the nose: top notes of violet move through stewed blackberries, a touch of spice and licorice ending in a gravelly earthiness, med alcohol.
On the tongue: med+ acid, med tannin, med+ alcohol, med+ body, mellowed out and round on the palette. Overripe black plum, bing cherry, a touch of spice, and nice mineralty. Not overly fussy, drinks easily. The geezer should breathe a bit before you go, though. — 2 years ago