Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2011
Grenache from Gigondas, 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: 14.5%
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%.
Hominis Fides 2011 looks very much like the previous vintages - it is complex, deep and refined. With its fine texture and its strength, it proposes a very specific wine profile. This vintage shows notes of blueberry, licorice, and almonds. After keeping these bottles for several years, then you will be able to "read" the wine qualities with more pleasure and freedom.
"Juicy bramble, plum skin, blackberrry coulis and cassis notes show charcoal-studded grip, with a long, muscular finish that lets the bay leaf and ganache accents stretch out. Surprisingly powerful for the vintage. "
"One of the smallest cuvees, the 2011 Gigondas Hominis Fides (100% old vine Grenache from sandy soils) displays copious notes of black cherries intermixed with lavender and other floral notes as well as pepper. This concentrated red represents the essence of Grenache with great fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a tremendous finish.
The Wine Advocate
"Opaque ruby. Ripe blackberry and cherry on the intensely perfumed nose, with hints of anise and lavender adding complexity. Sappy black and blue fruit flavors show impressive depth and a supple, velvety texture. Finishes sweet and precise, with noteworthy persistence and slow-building tannins.
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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.
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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...
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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
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