What’s a Great Grenache?

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Eric Guido
 
I love Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but the fact is that their cost is starting to become prohibitive.  They are great wines for a special occasion, but hard to justify on a Monday night.  However, after years of exploring the region, I have found myself happily seeking out Gigondas.  Gigondas is Chateauneuf-du-Pape without all the name recognition.  Year in and year out, I look forward to the release of Domaine du Grapillon's 1806 Gigondas.  It's a serious Grenache, without the pretense.
 
2011 Domaine du Grapillon d'Or Gigondas - The nose was rich and ripe with blackberry jam, herbs, bacon fat and sweet violet floral tones. On the palate, it was silky smooth, enveloping the senses in ripe blackberry fruit, yet remained balanced throughout. The finish was clean, leaving the mouth watering, yet a little short. It's a great wine to drink now for pure enjoyment. (89 points)
 
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