What a lovely Sunday afternoon, I finally had some time to relax and take a nap, then I went to the gym for a bit and now I'm ready to ease into Sunday dinner. And to go with that dinner, I've opened a bottle of 2006 E. Guigal Gigondas, a nice little Rhone blend (Grenache 60%, Mourvedre 30% and Syrah 10%) that I find to be food friendly, and more importantly, a pleasant drinking wine for nice spring afternoons like I'm enjoying today.
The wine is a deep violet color in the glass, edging toward some nice ruby color. This wine can be a bit tightly wound, so you might find it more approachable letting it decant or pouring it through an aerator. I did the latter and still let it breathe a bit in the glass before drinking it. The nose presents some lovely dark fruit aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and cassis, along with some lovely earthy notes of cedar, anise and forest floor. The taste has some nice fruit at the outset, that effortlessly transitions to some lovely black pepper and spice notes midpalate. The tannins are well structured throughout, leading to a smooth, dry finish that is ideal for sipping on the patio on a spring afternoon.
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8, and it was a pretty good value that I bought from wineshopper.com for $25. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with some steak and black bean tacos, something a little off the beaten path for a typical Rhone blend, but what the heck? The wine pairs well with beef, and it really compliments the spice of the marinade and rustic flavors of the black beans, illustrating how versatile these wines of the southern Rhone and Languedoc can be. Cheers!