This smoky wine offers juicy fruits, bitter red-cherry flavors and potential. Acidity is still very present, giving the wine potential to be serious and ageworthy. Drink from 2023.
While wood aging shows strongly, this wine also has great fruitiness. It offers potential in its warm, ripe character as well as fresh acidity and spiciness. It should develop well and be ready from 2021.
Even better than the 2017, the 2018 Vacqueyras is a similar, forward, fleshy, fruit bomb beauty that has a deep purple color and loads of blue fruits, mint, garrigue, and floral aromas and flavors. It too is ideal for drinking over the coming 4-6 years.
Not yet bottled, the 2018 Gigondas is a big mouthful of a Gigondas that offers fruit bomb levels of cassis, ground pepper, and spice. Soft, forward, and sexy, it’s not going to make old bones, but it certainly packs the fruit. Drink bottles over the coming 4-6 years.
I loved the 2017 Gigondas, which is going to be another great value from this label. Based mostly on Grenache mixed with some Syrah, it has classic notes of dark fruits, damp earth, pepper, and herbs. These carry to a medium to full-bodied, ripe, sexy Gigondas that’s going to put a smile on your face over the coming 5-7 years.