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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 roasted, dry soils are decomposed rock and the area is characterized by wild herbs, sage and cedar.
Blend: 60% Old Grenache vines, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% various others (Cinsault, Cournoise, Carignan)
"Full bodied and creamy in texture, this is a big, ripe wine, but it never goes over the edge into raisins. Black olives, leather and chocolate finish long, potent and dusty."
"Dark purple. Deeply pitched aromas of blackberry and blueberry, with smoke and peppery spice accents. Sappy and expansive, offering gently sweet, seamless, nicely focused dark fruit flavors. Shows a smoky nuance on the finish, which is refreshingly bitter and long. This wine should be even better in a couple years but it drinks well now with a bit of air."
International Wine Cellar
By dint of faith and sheer hard work, the wine-growers of Gigondas have replaced the olive tree with the vine. They have thereby made a name for themselves.
Here, wild and uncommon, a bird watches over the domain : the Grand-duc owl which sings, (known as "Canta duc" in Provencal), his name has become over time "Santa Duc."
Generous, fruity and concentrated, the vines reflect the soil and the way in which they are produced.
A Cote of Many Grapes
The appellation of Cotes du Rhone encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine - over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation. Wines here need only be from the Cotes de Rhone geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide...Read More About Cotes du Rhone
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...Read More About Rhone Red Blends
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