Guillaume Gros El Nino Loco Vin de Pays 2009 Front Label
Guillaume Gros El Nino Loco Vin de Pays 2009 Front Label

Guillaume Gros El Nino Loco Vin de Pays 2009

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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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.

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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
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Guillaume Gros, France
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.
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A long and narrow valley producing flavorful red, white, and rosé wines, the Rhône is bisected by the river of the same name and split into two distinct sub-regions—north and south. While a handful of grape varieties span the entire length of the valley, there are significant differences between the two zones in climate and geography as well as the style and quantity of wines produced. The Northern Rhône, with its continental climate and steep hillside vineyards, is responsible for a mere 5% or less of the greater region’s total output. The Southern Rhône has a much more Mediterranean climate, the aggressive, chilly Mistral wind and plentiful fragrant wild herbs known collectively as ‘garrigue.’

In the Northern Rhône, the only permitted red variety is Syrah, which in the appellations of St.-Joseph, Hermitage, Cornas and Côte-Rôtie, it produces velvety black-fruit driven, savory, peppery red wines often with telltale notes of olive, game and smoke. Full-bodied, perfumed whites are made from Viognier in Condrieu and Château-Grillet, while elsewhere only Marsanne and Roussanne are used, with the former providing body and texture and the latter lending nervy acidity. The wines of the Southern Rhône are typically blends, with the reds often based on Grenache and balanced by Syrah, Mourvèdre, and an assortment of other varieties. All three northern white varieties are used here, as well as Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourbelenc and more. The best known sub-regions of the Southern Rhône are the reliable, wallet-friendly Côtes du Rhône and the esteemed Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Others include Gigondas, Vacqueyras and the rosé-only appellation Tavel.

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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