Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas 2005
Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
The color is intense and always very young. At first, the aroma arrives over one period of rather serious closing. In the mouth there is a great general presence without being easy to define in the details; it is a little austere and tannins are rather serious. Balance will return later, the minerality is the guaranteeing one. Drink now through 2012.
International Wine Cellar - "Deep red. Precise aromas of strawberry, raspberry, lavender and minerals seem almost pinot-like in their clarity and delicacy. Lacy red fruit flavors pack plenty of punch but come off almost weightless. Gains weight and power on the long, juicy finish. Really lovely stuff."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Les Pallieres Gigondas has a slightly darker ruby/purple color than the 2004. Moreover, it also has a big, sweet nose of cherry fruit intermixed with truffle, crushed rock, spring flowers, and spice box. It is medium to full-bodied and comes across as a hypothetical blend of a Medoc from Bordeaux and a Pinot Noir from Burgundy. These wines are aged in one- and two-year-old foudres, and the 2005 was cropped at 25 hectoliters per hectare. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 15-17 years. "
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About Gigondas(jhee-gon-dahs) Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Notable FactsThe wines of Gigondas are muscular and robust. Kind of an old-school type wine if you will. Not concentrating on being high-tech, easy-drinking or smooth, this wine is an in-your-face red, daring the consumer to try it's spicy, leathery, soulful juice. Good producers are making wines able to age for up to 10 or 15 years, although if you like robust wines, you'll love them now too. Grenache is the main grape, making up to (but not to exceed) 80% of the wine, Syrah & Mourvedre make up the majority of the extra 20%, although some other Cote-du-Rhone varietals can be found in small amounts. Rosé is seen less in the export market, but make good, spicy, dry wines.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.