From 45 to 65 year old vines, no destemming, aged in old foudres. A lifted, unforced, floral and effortless style, showing aromas of blueberry, black cherry and sage. It's medium-bodied in the mouth, with piercing acidity and fine tannins that deliver considerable grip. Enlivening and saline on the cool finish. Organic. (MW)
Leading off the 2016s from bottle, the 2016 Gigondas Tradition (80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre) is a smoking wine that’s worthy of a case purchase. Sweet black raspberry and blackberry fruits, notes of spice, garrigue, and graphite, medium to full body, and a sexy, seamless texture all make for one hedonistic yet classy Gigondas that will keep for 10-15 years.
About as traditional as a 2016 Gigondas Tradition can get, the blend of 80% Grenache and 10% each Mourvèdre and Syrah is fermented on the stems with indigenous yeasts and aged in old foudres. Peppery, stemmy notes accent the black cherry fruit in this full-bodied, creamy-textured wine that's rich, powerful and concentrated, with a long, velvety finish. It should drink well for a decade. (JC)
There’s intoxicating power within this lush, concentrated wine full of blackberry and mulberry flavors. But it’s a polished, elegant wine, too, edged by fine-grained tannins and hints of earth, bramble and spice. Enveloping and silky through a long finish, it drinks well now but should develop its savory complexities through 2030. (AI) *Cellar Selection*
Vivid ruby-red. Ripe dark berries, pungent flowers and a strong garrigue note on the focused, spice-accented nose. Juicy and chewy in texture, offering sappy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that flesh out and take a sweeter turn with air. Shows a smoky mineral note on the youthfully tannic finish, which shows strong tension and leaves a suggestion of licorice behind. (JR)
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