2005 Saint Cosme Valbelle, Gigondas (1.5L)

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Country: France
Region: Rhône
Sub-Region: Gigondas
Grape Varietal: Grenache
Review Score: 94WA, 93IWC, 92WS

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The 2005 Gigondas Valbelle is also a candidate for one of the two or three best wines of the vintage. It is 90% Grenache co-fermented with 10% Syrah and has a terrific dense purple color as well as intense blackberry and cherry fruit notes intermixed with some roasted Provencal herbs, lavender, and a touch of graphite in the background. Beautiful, full-bodied favors ooze the character of Provence, and the wine should drink well and last 15 or more years.

94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 175 - Feb 2008)

Deep ruby. Powerful red and dark berry preserve aromas, with subtle garrigue and tapenade qualities adding a brooding quality. Quite sweet in the mouth, with deep raspberry and candied cherry flavors and a finish featuring broad, velvety tannins. This displays wonderful pliancy and clarity.

93 points, Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar (Jan/Feb 2008)

Ripe and showy, with deliciously pure blackberry, boysenberry and fig fruit, all layered with mocha, incense and Turkish coffee hints. The long, rich finish is really rich and silky, with a nice buried minerality. Drink now through 2012. 955 cases made.

92 points, Wine Spectator (May 2008)