2003 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage)

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Crozes-Hermitage, France, Northern Rhône, Red Wine, Rhône, Syrah

Popped this on a recent week night, and I continue to like this wine. Purchased for less than $20 a few years ago, this delivers multiple times its purchase price in flavor. Fairly classic olive tapenade, blackberry and bacon fat with some earth, bramble and iodine notes on the nose. Paired well with some strongly flavored grilled sausages, and should do well with a variety of foods. The hot 2003 vintage is evident in the easygoing nature of this wine and an abundance of fleshy fruit, but it retains great acidity and stays in perfect balance. Massive QPR although I suspect it would be difficult to find for purchase at this point.

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