2011 Domaine les Pallières "Terrasse du Diable" Gigondas

SKU #1261122 93 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby. Heady scents of candied cherry, raspberry preserves, anise and potpourri. Shows a darker profile in the mouth, offering palate-staining blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a strong floral quality. Picks up smokiness with air and finishes with superb focus and length and youthful tannic grip. No question that this is one of the best wines I tasted from Gigondas this year. (JR)  (1/2014)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Gigondas Terrasse du Diable (85% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre and a touch of Clairette) comes from the high altitude parcels of the complicated and morsellated estate of Les Pallieres. It reveals sweet raspberry and strawberry fruit intermixed with a liqueur of crushed rocks, spring flowers, bay leaf and lavender. This complex, concentrated, medium to full-bodied Gigondas should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)  (10/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Very perfumy, with singed sandalwood and balsamic notes out front, followed by lightly steeped plum and black currant fruit. A pleasant whiff of black tea weaves through the finish. Best from 2015 through 2020. (JM)  (2/2014)

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