2009 Domaine Santa Duc "Tradition" Gigondas (Previously $40)

SKU #1115589 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Gigondas Tradition, a blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah and Cinsault, tips the scales at about 16% alcohol, so there’s nothing wimpy about this wine. Loads of blueberry, smoky blackberry, kirsch, licorice and hints of toast and earth all make an appearance in this voluptuously styled, evolved wine, which is already drinking beautifully. This wine has low acidity and velvety tannins, so there’s no need to wait to enjoy this gorgeous red, which is drinking well now and should continue to do so for at least another 10-12 years. One of the long-time benchmarks for superb Gigondas is Yves Gras’ estate on the high plateau several kilometers outside the entrance to this old Roman village. He has also expanded into the negociant end of the business with his Santa Duc Selections, which are very reliable wines worth a serious look.  (10/ 2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (75% grenache, 15% syrah and 5% each of mourvedre and cinsault): Glass-staining ruby. Vibrant raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by Asian spices and candied lavender. On the palate, sweet black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are energized by white pepper and spice nuances. The long, gently chewy finish features fine-grained tannins and lingering florality.  (1/ 2012)

K&L Notes

15.5% abv.

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Price: $29.99

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Gigondas

Alcohol Content (%): 15.5