Sunday, May 26, 2013

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Rouge

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2009
Ampuis, France
Review: Two words: rich and fruity! This affordably priced Syrah from the Northern Rhone is quite yummy. It has beautiful flavors of cooked fruits like blackberries, currants, and plums, plus an earthy note of olives and bramble. I definitely enjoyed the texture of this wine -- nice a smooth without being too heavy, a perfect medium body.

This wine spends 18 months in three-year-old French Oak barrels, helping to smooth out the wine without taking away from the fruit. In fact, the fruits linger on the palate just a smidge, and then leave you with a nice touch of licorice and earth. This wine received 92 well deserved points Robert Parker. I concur.

Food Pairing: BBQ!
Bottom Line: This wine has just what I look for from my French Syrah -- full flavors, smooth texture, and a medium body. I dig it.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2009
  • PLACE: Crozes-Hermitage AOC (Appellation d'origine contrôlée)
  • GRAPES: 100% Syrah
  • AGEING: 18 months in French Oak
  • BOOZE: 13%
  • CELLAR: Drink now, or hold for a few more years

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? High Priced

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