2011 Domaine Le Colombier "Cuvée G" Vacqueyras (Previously $30)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Looking at the reds and the only 2011 I was able to taste (I’m not sure if they produced their other two cuvees or not), the 2011 Vacqueyras G (50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah aged in 1-3-year-old barrels) is a fruit loaded, medium to full-bodied effort that has fresh, lively aromatics (plum, violets, underbrush and spice), juicy acidity and quality tannin. It’s a rock star in the vintage and should drink nicely through 2021. Covering 45 acres in Vacqueyras, Domaine le Colombier produces four cuvees; a classic white; a traditional, concrete tank-aged blend of 70% Grenache and the balance Syrah and Mourvedre; an old vine Cuvee Vieilles Vignes which is aged all in concrete tank; and a Cuvee "G" which is equal parts Grenache and Syrah, aged all in barrel. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah that was raised in one-year-old barriques): Bright purple. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, potpourri and sandalwood. Rich, round and deep, with sappy dark berry and spicecake flavors sexed up by an exotic floral pastille quality. Finishes silky and sweet, with a suave dusting of tannins and excellent length. (JR)
Grey crimson. Sweet start and very dramatic and concentrated. Luscious. Though quite dry tannins on the end.
On the jammy side, offering warm linzer torte and currant confiture notes, backed by modest licorice and spice accents. Flattering in feel... (JM, Web-2013)