2010 Domaine les Pallières "Les Racines" Gigondas

SKU #1115927 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby. A pungent bouquet displays scents of blackcurrant, candied cherry, licorice, tobacco and smoky herbs. Supple and pliant, offering sharply focused dark berry and cherry compote flavors, silky tannins and a sexy floral quality. Smoothly combines richness and vivacity and finishes with outstanding cut.  (2/ 2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The soft, delicious 2010 Gigondas Les Racines is, surprisingly, more open-knit than I remember it from last year. Abundant notes of red and black currants, raspberries, garrigue, crushed rock and peppery spice are all present in this medium to full-bodied, elegant yet substantial, authoritative Gigondas. It should drink well for 12-15+ years.  (10/ 2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Very juicy but refined, featuring a blood orange and clove frame to the core of blackberry, plum and cherry fruit. Alder and singed vanilla bean hints, along with an echo of tobacco, grace the finish. Finely beaded acidity should let this come together fully, with mid-term cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2022.  (11/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Very distinctive style, as though exposed to much more oxygen than most. Already looks quite evolved. Ruby and shaded. Rather dull nose. Sweet, dusty, plummy fruit on the front palate already - lots of pleasure! Massive fruit delivery almost covers up tannins on the finish. 17/20 points.  (12/ 2011)

K&L Notes

14.5% abv.

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/29/2013  | Send Email
Co-owned by the family behind famed Vieux Telegraphe and respected wine importer Kermit Lynch, the 2010 Les Racines Gigondas is aromatic and silky smooth, with pure red and black fruit aromas and flavors accented by nuances of mineral, garrigue and smoky earth spices. There is surprising life and freshness here, and long, elegant finish. This has some serious charm now, and should evolve gracefully for the next decade plus.

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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 (%): 14.5