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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.
The limestony sands are one of the most interesting terroirs for Grenache. They allow Grenache to express their minerality at their best. The texture in the mouth is always tight but soft and you never really know if the wine is concentrated or not!
"Gorgeous aromas of warm fig bread, incense and roasted sage
lead the way for a stylish yet persistent core of raspberry, red currant
and mulled cherry fruit flavors. Long and silky on the finish,
with the perfumy edge lingering. Drink now through 2016."
"The 2008 Gigondas Hominis Fides (100% Grenache from sand and limestone soils) is a brilliant effort for the vintage. Perhaps the finest Gigondas produced in 2008, it reveals a Pinot Noir-like character of sweet and sour cherries intermixed with forest floor, good acidity, an elegant style and an attractive, medium-bodied texture. It should drink well for 6-7 years."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by dried flowers and smoky herbs. Pliant, sweet, seductively smooth raspberry and kirsch flavors become spicier with air. The finish is sweet, expansive and nicely persistent, leaving a peppery note behind. This was raised in 45% new oak. Range: 89-91"
International Wine Cellar
Louis Barruol is the 14th generation Barruol to make wine at Saint Cosme. The Chateau was built in the late 16th Century on the site of a former Roman villa, and the remains of a Roman wine cellar, carved into the stone of the hillside, still exist in the chateau's caves. There are 37 acres of vineyards and the vines average 60 years of age. The old plots (pictured on the Gigondas label) and stitch across the escarpment of the ragged Dentelles de Montmirail, an oft-painted mountain range.
The muscleman of the Southern Rhone, Gigondas is situated right under the rugged, rocky range of the Dentelles de Montmirail - a sign of the rustic, edgy flavor found in wines from the area. The region, once a Cotes-du-Rhone village, earned its own appellation in 1971. Producing reds and roses, Gigondas creates top quality reds sometimes rivaling its...Read More About Gigondas
This sun-worshiping grape gets ripe and loves hot, dry weather. Popular in
(called Garnacha), Australia and the southern
Rhone region of France, Grenache
is the primary grape in regions such as
It's often tamed by less fleshy, more structured grapes like
Syrah...Read More About Grenache
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