E. Guigal Gigondas Red 2012
Nose: Intense nose dominated by peach and apricot with liquorice and notes of undergrowth.
Palate: Generous, powerful and full-bodied with a long elegant finish.
Overall: A frank attack, racy with soft tannic structure.
Wine SpectatorThis has a slightly firm edge of roasted alder and juniper, melded nicely into the core of dried currant, cherry and plum fruit. The finish picks up bay and warm paving stone notes. Shows good old-school character, with the spine to age a bit longer. Drink now through 2022. 2,000 cases imported.
Wine AdvocateStill not yet bottled, the 2012 Gigondas showed considerably better this go around and I'm confident it will end up being an outstanding wine. Made from 75% Grenache and 25% Mourvèdre, it offers impressive ripeness in its smoked herbs, garrigue, olive and pepper-laced Grenache fruit. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and even sexy, it will drink nicely on release and evolve gracefully over the following decade or more.