- Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone 2011 375ml Product #29192 (In Stock)
Another fine vintage from the Rhone masters at Guigal.
"Smoky cherry and blueberry aromas display very good clarity and a touch of cracked pepper. Showing its Syrah component, with sappy black and blue fruit flavors sharpened by a spicy nuance. A sexy floral note comes up on a gently tannic finish that lingers with very good persistence. As usual, this wine punches well above its category and should reward at least another four or five years of patience." Vinous 90 points
"The value-priced 2011 Cotes du Rhone (49% Syrah, 46% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre aged 24 months in foudre) over-delivers and exhibits textbook black cherry, smoked earth, olive, underbrush and licorice, as well as a clean, balanced, medium to full-bodied profile on the palate. Rock solid in the vintage and surpassing any number of more expensive releases, it should be consumed over the coming 4-5 years."Wine Advocate 88 points
- Vietti Arneis 2014 Product #29788 (In Stock)
From the family that "saved" Arneis, grapes for this wine come from the middle of the Roero area, in Santo Stefano Roero. Pale sunshine yellow color with fresh floral, citrus and melon aromas with hints of almonds. An unoaked, dry, medium bodied white wine with crisp acidity, the Arneis is well-balanced, elegant wine with good complexity and a lingering finish.
- Guigal Chateauneuf-du-pape 2009 375ml Product #30009 (In Stock)
Stellar wine that's already delicious.
"Potent cherry, redcurrant and floral scents are given a musky, earthy touch by a hint of rhubarb. Sappy, sweet and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering bitter cherry and raspberry preserve flavors and a touch of licorice. The clinging finish is shaped by silky, even tannins and given bite by a hint of cracked pepper." Vinous 92 points
"The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape appears to be a beautiful wine, although perhaps not at the level of the 2007 or 2010 (which will not be released for another two years). The elegant, medium to full-bodied 2009 displays lots of cedary, berry fruit intermixed with notes of garrigue, Christmas fruitcake, kirsch and spice. It is best consumed in its first decade of life."Wine Advocate 90-92 points
- Guigal Saint Joseph Rouge 2012 Product #30187 (In Stock)
As always, a sophisticated St. Joseph with good fruit and plenty of smoky, mineral, complexity.
"Fresh black raspberry, cherry and floral aromas are complicated by a spicy nuance. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering intense red and dark berry flavors that gain weight and power with air. The floral element comes back strong on the finish, which features supple tannins and a hint of spicecake. Distinctly elegant and in a "city style, not rustic," as Philippe Guigal put it." Vinous (Reynolds) 90 points
"As good, if not better, than the 2011, the 2012 Saint Joseph has lots of ripeness in its sexy black fruits, chocolate, vanilla and smoked meat aromas and flavors. I suspect that by the time this sees the inside of a bottle, the oak will have integrated and it will show a more classic profile. Medium to full-bodied, textured and nicely concentrated, it too will have a decade or more prime drinking."Wine Advocate 90-92 points
"Nicely focused, with a tangy savory note up front, followed by olive, bay and dark cherry flavors. The sanguine-edged finish has good cut. Drink now through 2017."Wine Spectator 90 points
- Guigal Condrieu 2013 Product #29980 (In Stock)
"Pungent aromas of pear skin, mango and lime pith, plus a suave floral overtone. Penetrating, sharply focused citrus and pit fruit flavors gain depth, spiciness and a touch of honey with air. Dry, penetrating and minerally on the persistent finish, which leaves violet and bitter pear skin notes behind." Vinous 91 points
"Just bottled in June of this year, the 2013 Condrieu is tighter, more focused and reserved than the 2012. It offers pretty notes of tangerine, mint, citrus blossom and crushed rock to go with a medium-bodied, fresh, focused style on the palate. It will be better in another year and have 2-4 years of longevity."Wine Advocate 92 points
"A bold style, with white ginger, anise and star fruit notes giving the core of white peach, pear and melon flavors an almost chutneylike feel. Bright honeysuckle and chamomile notes keep this pure and high-pitched through the finish. Quite a show. Drink now through 2017."Wine Spectator 93 points
- Guigal Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde 2011 Product #29955 (In Stock)
Delicious already but built to improve for a decade or two!
"Smoky, mineral-accented cherry and dark berry scents are lifted by a suggestion of peppery spices. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, showing excellent focus and depth to its bitter cherry and blackcurrant flavors. Opens up slowly on the long, floral finish, which is firmed by dusty, fine-grained tannins. This suave wine is delicious right now but should age gracefully on its balance." Vinous (Reynolds) 92 points
"I loved the forward, sexy style of the 2011 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde, and it’s just hard to resist today. Loaded with notions of kirsch, blackberry, toasted nuts and spice, it’s medium to full-bodied, elegant, seamless and hedonistic. I’d happily drink it anytime over the coming decade."Wine Advocate 92 points
"Still youthfully tight, with a core of steeped cherry, plum skin and fig paste flavors coiled up with lush singed vanilla bean and fruitcake notes. Offers a dense, sappy feel through the finish, as the woodsy note still needs to be soaked up fully. Worth cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2027."Wine Spectator 92 points