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2012 E. Guigal "La Doriane" Condrieu

SKU #1256429 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2012 Condrieu la Doriane is much more open and flamboyant than the tighter, slightly closed 2013 and offers full-bodied notes of quince, orange blossom, white peach and exotic flowers. This is a classic Condrieu that offers everything you could want, and it's drinking perfectly today. (JD) Inner quote mark (12/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This seems a tad more restrained than usual for La Doriane, which has typically been extremely lush and exotic in the past. The 2012 isn't as over the top, but still shows plenty of ripe apricot and tropical fruit framed by smoky oak and baking spices. The finish is long and mouthwatering, suggesting at least a few years of longevity. (JC) Inner quote mark (8/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A showy style, with aromatic apricot, orange, quince, fig and pear notes all weaving together and pumping through a bold, toasted hazelnut— and almond-filled finish. Shows plenty of power, delivering length and definition. (JM) Inner quote mark (11/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright yellow. Assertive aromas of nectarine, violet and smoky minerals, with a gingery nuance adding lift. Broad and silky on the palate, offering densely packed orchard and pit fruit flavors that become spicier with air. The mineral note comes back strong on the finish, which lingers with excellent tenacity and building smokiness. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2014)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This is flashy Condrieu, opulent in its plump, fleshy white peach flavor and oak spice, sophisticated in its leesy, nutty restraint. Right now, the oak stands out a little bluntly, with a slightly bitter edge; best to put this away for the next six to eight years and let it meld, when it will be a suitably indulgent match for lobster in drawn butter. Inner quote mark (2/2015)

K&L Notes

Guigal's "La Doriane" is a luxurious and invigorating Condrieu sourced from four exemplary, steeply terraced parcels of this tiny and very special appellation. The vines average 35 years old, and the wine is made in a somewhat firmer style than some of the more flamboyant bottlings of years' past. The wine is aged in 100% new oak, but the distinct granite minerality of the finest Condrieu terroir has a way of "absorbing" the oak so that it is completely integrated and seamless in the overall profile.

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