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2016 Guigal Cotes du Rhone
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- Cellar Drink Now - 6 years (2020-2026)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Cork
Made from a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre. Totally opaque black dark red core with a deep dark red hue. Elevated black cherry and liquorice aromas mix with black raspberries, scorched earth, infusions of provincial herbs and spice. Lush black cherry and black raspberry flavour are spread across the palate with excellent intensity and richness. Fleshy yet chewy in its mouthfeel with elements of liquorice, scorched earth and peppered dried herbs underpinning the fruit. Ripe muscular tannins provide a structural firmness to the back palate. Concludes long, rich and chewy.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
There are an impressive 4.5 million bottles of the 2016 Cotes du Rhone, a ripe, silky wine that should bring pleasure to thousands of consumers. Cherries and raspberries mark the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate adds nuances of cola, tree bark and spice. …..it represents a terrific value. Drink 2019-2023.
Joe Czerwinski – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
As with the white, the quality of the basic Côtes du Rhône is more than noteworthy, especially when you consider the quantity produced. From a great, great vintage for the Southern Rhône, the 2016 Côtes du Rhône shows an upfront, sunny style as well as Provençal notes of spiced red and black fruits, ground pepper, and garrigue. Drink this medium to full-bodied, ripe, sexy effort over the coming 4-6 years. It will evolve even longer, if you’re so inclined. Drink 2020-2026.