Guillaume Gros El Nino Loco Vin de Pays 2009
Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
The blend is 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 10% Carignan, and in 2009 the grapes were as ripe as they could be. Mocha and chocolate notes pick up a touch of prune. With its superripe fruit, ample weight, lush texture and warm finish, grounded by notes of leather and forest floor.
Wine Enthusiast - "The blend is 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 10% Carignan, and in 2009 the grapes were as ripe as they could be. Mocha and chocolate notes pick up a touch of prune. With its superripe fruit, ample weight, lush texture and warm finish, there are valid concerns about its ageability, but this offers hedonistic drinking for an affordable price. Editors' Choice"
Guillaume Gros Winery
After 10 years of working as a sommelier, in 2001 Guillaume Gros created his own domain in the charming village of Maubec on the slopes of the Côtes du Luberon. Naturally, the years Gros spent tasting and talking about wine as a sommelier (at such highly esteemed establishments as Caves Taillevent, Jules Verne, Guy Savoy and Arnsbourg) play a large role in what informs his approach to making wine: the wines are approachable and food-friendly. It could be argued though that the inspiration behind his choice of terroir is based more on legacy. Gros’ roots in Maubec run deep; not only was he born in the Luberon, but his great-grandfather was a winegrower in Maubec proper, producing his last vintage in 1959. Today, he continues to enjoy the good counsel of long-time locals thanks to his close relationship with mentors Alain Graillot and the Sabon family from La Janasse. View all Guillaume Gros Wines
About Other RhôneOther appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
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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3 ratings, 2 with reviews312/13/2012411/17/2012
This surprisingly complex wine starts out with fairly bright almost sweet tasting fruit, then progresses to a deep, dry mouth filling blast of dark fruitiness, after which dry but not at all astringent tannin comes up, the finish is quite long for a wine in this price range. Worth the retail of $17, but an astounding deal at $8!!510/11/2012What a fun French wine with lots of zest and loco. At a bargain price.
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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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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