2010 Moulin de la Gardette "Ventabren" Gigondas

SKU #1135661 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, star anise and potpourri, with a mineral overtone. Juicy and precise, with impressively clear red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Suave and seamless in texture, finishing tangy, focused and very long, with only a whisper of tannins.  (2/ 2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This classic, old style 2010 Gigondas Ventabren comes from a 5-acre parcel of 30-60-year-old vines, and is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault, all aged in small, old oak barrels. It reveals a lighter color than some of its peers in addition to a sexy, open-knit, evolved bouquet of kirsch liqueur, licorice, roasted herbs and loamy soil. Plush and velvety textured with ripe tannin as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel, it will offer delicious drinking now and over the next 7-8 years. (90+)  (10/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Sweet and spicy on the nose with quite a bit of vitality and no sign of wood. Really energetic and healthy. Very distinctive. All the play is on fruit. (17/20 points)  (12/ 2011)

K&L Notes

14.5% abv.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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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