Stef picked this one out before it was reviewed, based only on being a Gigondas and having a pretty label. We had the first bottle about 6 months ago, and went back and got 4 more, this was the first of those additional four.
A very strong nose. Stef insisted "burning brakes", I said "tar, smoke, it's not phenol at all to me?" but she stuck with "burning brakes". I'd call it smoke with red fruit.
A subtle wine, medium bodied, with a lush red fruit taste, more smoke and earth. Seems to suggest young Grenache and Syrah. I nice finish, with lingering fruit. My call is it will probably be better young than old, now -2005 (88-89).