Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
La Mouline is a steeply terraced amphitheater on the Cote Blonde, a shape that shelters the 1 hectare site from the wind and acts as a heat trap. Acquired in 1966, this was Guigal's first single-vineyard Cote Rotie. The site is planted to 89% Syrah and 11% Viognier. This extra dose of Viognier gives La Mouline its more nuanced character, often called the most feminine of Guigal's Cote Roties.
"This is alluring, with steeped currant, dark truffle, roasted apple wood and espresso aromas and flavors all mingling
together, backed by a solid spine of charcoal and ganache. A sanguine edge runs underneath and should emerge
more as this softens in the cellar. Best from 2013 through 2025."
"... the 2008 Cote Rotie La Mouline reveals a weedy, green pepper note along with sweet tannin, a medium dark plum/ruby color, and a gentle roundness and lushness. By the time this cuvee is in bottle, I suspect it will be better than it was showing in Guigal's cellars.
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