Hedonistic is an apt word to describe this luscious, perfumed sip full of black plum and cherry flavors. It’s unabashedly ripe and rich but maintains an upright edge marked by earth and mineral tones. The finish is long and silky, framed by chalky tannins and whiffs of rose and violet. Delicious already but should improve through 2028. Seaview Imports. (AI) *Editor's Choice*
Hints of mocha mark the nose of the 2016 Gigondas Cotes Jugunda, a small portion of which spent time in oak. An 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah, this medium to full-bodied wine showcases notes of roses and raspberries, then adds dried spices on the finish. Fresh and long, it's a fine example of the elegance this appellation can exhibit in the right hands. (JC)
Stepping outside Châteauneuf du Pape, both the Gigondas and Vacqueyras from Vedeau are outstanding wines. The 2016 Gigondas Jugunda (80/20 Grenache and Syrah) is a medium to full-bodied, pure, elegant and downright classy 2016 that has lots of strawberries, spring flowers, sappy herbs and a hint of vanilla bean aromatics. Raised mostly in concrete tanks, with 50% in second-fill demi-muids, it’s going to evolve nicely for 10-12 years. 90-92+
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