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Gigondas and Washington, 08 May 2009


These tasting notes cover two wines from Gigondas and four from Washington from 08 May 2009.
Here are two different Gigondas we tried a few weeks ago. Personally, I’d spring for the St. Damien as it will be come quite nice down the road. The Joncuas is drinking well right now and everything is in balance, but for my tastes the brighter red fruit flavors don’t quite do it.

2005 Domaine St. Damien, Les Souteyrades, Gigondas – $25
This is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre from vines that are 60-70 years of age. A light to medium garnet color. The light to medium intensity nose shows lots of aromatics and red fruit. In the mouth there is fruit with spice that fills the mouth then tapers off as medium textured, drying tannins come out. There are fresh blue fruits in the aftertaste. This is a young and somewhat tight wine, but there is ample tasty stuff going on and still pleasurable to drink at this point.

2000 Clos du Joncuas, Gigondas – $25
This biodynamic wine is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre/Syrah/Cinsault. It is a medium+ garnet/ruby in color. There is a light+ delicate nose of cherry Kirsch, garrigue, lavender, and gritty fruit. This medium bodied wine has brighter red fruit with strong grapefruit-like acidity. It still has significant, puckering tannins in the finish and brighter red fruit in the aftertaste. Drinking well now but no rush.

We’re slowly going through the Washington state wines I pick up from my Seattle trips. Jenn and I enjoyed the Brian Carter Cellars. We were not fans of the two Syrahs. They were hard and not pleasurable.

2006 Brian Carter Cellars, Oriana, Yakima Valley – $24
This is a blend of 45% Viognier, 35% Roussane, and 20% Riesling. A bright golden straw color. A light nose of petrol and iced tea with mango. There is medium intensity fresh, floral fruit, some glycerine, and a bit of toast flavor. With air the fruit puts on weight. Drink this outside on your deck.

2004 Gorman Winery, The Pixie, Syrah, Red Mountain, Columbia Valley
This wine spent 20 months in French oak of which 30% was new. A medium+ opaque with more purple than the L’Ecole. It has a light nose. This tight, structured wine shows rather primary with dark fruit and some spice. It has a little bit of everything, all in balance but might need a long time to come around. I’d wait several years before trying again.

2004 L’Ecole 41, Syrah, Columbia Valley
This is 98% Syrah and 2% Grenache aged for 18 months in French oak of which 30% was new. It is medium+ opaque in the red range. A light, tight nose of toasty oak. In the mouth there are tight, bluish, steely flavors that are not lush. Hard acidity runs throughout, with the fruit putting on some weight midpalate. On the second day it showed very similar. There was a little less focus but more spice.

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