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2010 E Guigal French - Rhone (Red Blend) "Chateauneuf du Pape"

Winery: E Guigal

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Chateauneuf du Pape"

Wine Category: French - Rhone (Red Blend)

Grape blend: 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre & 5% Others

Region: Chateauneuf du Pape

State or country: France

Price: $59

Cases produced: 5,000

KWG Score: 94.6 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: October 9, 2015

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Chateauneuf du Pape from Guigal opens with an appealing red raspberry bouquet with hints of black cherry and old oak. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, balanced and very fruit forward. The wine really coats your mouth and its tannins are present up front along with the fruit. This wine is a big boy! The flavor profile is a tasty mineral infused black cherry with notes of old oak. I also detected hints of black olive and a little bit of plum. The finish is dry and its dusty tannins and fruit flavors linger and last for quite a long time. This larger and life wine could benefit from some more time in the cellar. For readers who can’t wait and enjoy a hearty wine, they will have to pull this one from the cellar and decant it for 2 to 3 hours. Serve it with a well marbled cowboy ribeye. Everyone will thank you later. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Eye: Deep dark red. Nose: Spices and mature red fruits. Palate: Round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruits. Overall: Very rich wine full of harmony and balance. Ageing potential: 15 years Food and wine matching: Red meat, game bird and cheese.

Organic status: not organic

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