E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2015
|Region||France, Rhone, Cotes du Rhone|
Wine & SpiritsGiven that the Guigals have close relationships with some 80 farmers up and down the the Rhone Valley, perhaps it’s not surprising that they make a good Cotes du Rhone red. Still, this one goes far beyond what you’d expect from the general appellation. The scent alone is enticing, warm and inviting in its coplex mix of fruit, spice and earth; the flavors weave spice, earth and violet tones through vivid berry flavors. Sandy tannins keep the wine firm and lasting. In fact, you might want to tuck a few bottles in our cellar.
Wine AdvocateNot yet bottled, the 2015 Côtes du Rhône offers lots of Syrah character with its inky color, notes of smoked black fruits, olive tapenade and background meatiness, as well as medium to full body and ripe tannin. It's a beautiful Côtes du Rhône that will deliver the goods.
VinousBrilliant ruby. Vibrant cherry and cassis aromas are complicated by licorice, violet and floral nuances. Sappy, gently sweet dark fruit flavors show very good energy, and a peppery nuance adds lift and spicy bite. Finishes smoky and long, with supple tannins sneaking in late to add shape. Other Vintages: 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Jeb DunnuckLeading off the reds, the 2015 Côtes du Rhône is mostly Syrah yet has a big dose of 40% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre. It’s another terrific vintage from this wine which rarely misses. Ripe black fruits, peppery herbs, and lavender notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, concentrated yet silky wine. Drink it any time over the coming decade.
Wine EnthusiastRipe but restrained, fruity yet elegant, this richly concentrated red offers luscious black cherry and berry flavors nuanced by hints of earth, smoke and spice. The palate is rich and fleshy but anchored by taut acidity and a finely edged backbone of tannins. Best Buy
Wine SpectatorInviting, with a charming whiff of lavender amid the warm and fleshy cherry and plum compote flavors. Shows a light mesquite echo on the finish. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now. 333,000 cases made, 75,000 cases imported.
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