2009 Domaine Pallieres Gigondas les Terrasse du Diable, Gigondas (750ml)

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2009 Domaine Pallieres Gigondas les Terrasse du Diable
Region: Rhône
Sub-Region: Gigondas
Grape Varietal: Grenache
Review Score: 91-93IWC, 92RR, 89WS, 89WA

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(90% grenache and 5% each mourvedre and clairette Bright ruby. Vibrant aromas of strawberry, raspberry, Asian spices and potpourri. Suave, silky and weightless, with noteworthy finesse and a penetrating quality to the flavors of red fruits and candied rose. Very complex, spicy and incisive Gigondas. Finishes with a strong floral quality and impressive length.

91-93 points, Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar (2011)

A blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, and 5% Clairette that's aged both in tank and foudre, the 2009 Domaine les Pallières Gigondas Terrasse du Diable comes from the upper, terraced portion of the Pallières vineyard. Showing an outstanding aromatic profile of cherry, white pepper, crushed stone, and licorice, the wine is medium to full-bodied on the palate, showing a round, supple texture, beautiful freshness, and solid fruit that?s focused by ripe tannin on the finish. A classic Gigondas, this is approachable now, but should be better in a year or two, with a decade of prime drinking.

92 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Rhone Report (Issue # 9 - Sep 2011)

This stylish, elegant style delivers slightly sinewy, red plum and cherry fruit laced with hints of tea and sandalwood. Pretty, lilting spice notes and a fine mineral edge help add length to the finish. Drink now through 2014. 300 cases imported.

89 points, Wine Spectator (2011)

The 2009 Gigondas Terrasse du Diable is composed of 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Clairette. It exhibits a light ruby color along with fresh cherry and raspberry notes intermixed with a striking minerality. Fresh, lively and refreshing, with notions of strawberry fruit on the palate, this mid-weight red should be drunk over the next 5-7 years.

89 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2011)