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in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day ninety-two (Perrin & Fils Gigondas La Gille 2007) Fils

GEE-gohn-dahs. GEE-gohn-dahs. GEE-gohn-dahs.


Perrin & Fils Gigondas La Gille 2007

That’s exactly what just happened to me. I said Gigondas three times in a row and this bottle of Perrin & Fils Gigondas La Gille 2007 appeared right in front of me. You should give it a try.

Gigondas. Gigondas. Gigondas.

Did it work for you? I hope so. If not, I’ll describe this wine for you.

First off, The Wine Spectator gave it 92 points and rated it number 78 on its Top 100 Wines of 2010. Ya know, if that means anything to you.

Plus, 70% of the wine matured in casks and 30% in one-year old barrels.

This Rhône blend, or cuvee, is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. All that adds up to Yum.

I saw the season’s first rose today. It was two feet tall. It’s color of bright red is nothing like the color of this wine. No, this is a dark maroon.

Dark Maroon

It’s very similar to that color, but it’s a hair darker (depending on your monitor and the angle of the monitor), but it’s brighter on its tall meniscus. Actually, as I look at this meniscus, I sense disappointment. This wine seems sad. If it could cry, it would. Dark maroon, 14.5% alcohol tears.

I wish I had stop to smell that rose I saw. I bet it smelled lovely, but not as lovely as this Perrin & Fils Gigondas La Gille 2007. More yum. I’m picking up all the flavors I like, such as cherries, strawberries, spice, plums, and flowers, but not roses. It smells jammy. Yes!

A weird thing just happened. I walked over to my girlfriend, who is cooking meatloaf, and then I walked back. In that time, the wine picked up a musky-skunky-earthiness on the nose. It’s kinda like something you’d smell in a Cab Franc.


What a fine finish. Up front, though, there are dark berries and figs. I can even picture that fig.


I want one, now. I want that juicy inside. Mmm. Mmm.

The finish is spicy with dark berries. It will go well with the meatloaf, I think, and probably better with the vegetables – shallots and green beans.

I’ll give this wine an A. A low A. I think it will better in a few more years. I say get a bottle and try it out.//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day eighty-four (Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006)

So what do we know of tonight’s wine, Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006? It’s number 44 on The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of 2010. (You can see the list here: The Wine Spectator Top 100 2010.) They also gave it 90 points, but after the last wine, d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Red 2008, who knows.

Also, it’s 100% Tempranillo, which is one of my favorites, and it’s from Spain. Bodegas Lan is the winery. Rioja is a wine region in Spain.

Rioja, Spain

Rioja Vineyards

And Crianza means the wine has aged for two years and at least six months of that ageing was done in oak. Spain has some regulations, don’t you know. If you see a Reserva, that means the wine was aged three years with at least one year in oak. And if you see Gran Reserva, then it has aged for five years with at least 18 months in oak and three years in a bottle.

Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2006Ok. Are we all learnéd up. Good. To the wine.

The color is a dark Harvard crimson. (No not black and white like the newspaper.) Like this:

Harvard Crimson

but darker.

The body is light, and it’s about 60% opaque. (That means I can see through it.)

I smell Spain. I also smell red currants, bacon or prosciutto, and some spices (spicy spices). (My girlfriend gets uncooked sausage on the nose.)

As soon as it touched my tongue, I felt delight. I felt delight as it glided across my tongue and down into my belly. The finish, however, was a little chalky. It’s drier than expected. I definitely taste the red currants, and they are chewy. (My girlfriend gets cooked sausage.)

This would go good with meat or Chinese food. Mmm. Chinese food. Hmm. I may order Chinese food. One small bad thing about where I live is that the Chinese food place is half-a-block away. It’s like six degrees Fahrenheit, but I could walk there and back with out a jacket. Oh, and they are fast. A meal is ready 10 minutes after I call them. I think I’m trying to talk myself into Chinese food.

The wine!

I like this wine, but for a Tempranillo, it’s not juicy enough. But as I said I like this.  As a Tempranillo, it’s an 88. As a wine it’s an 89.

Time passes. Tick tick tick. Tick tick tick. Tick tick tick.

I adjust that rating. It’s loosening up. It juicy-ing up. It’s Tempranillo-ing up. This is getting better. Let’s say 89 as a Tempranillo, and 90 as a wine, if that makes sense. I mean, what I’m trying to say is, “You gotta drink this wine sideways, at an angle, but straight into the mouth. Kinda like you do with a cigarette when you don’t want the drag or smoke to interfere with your view of the person you are talking with or have the smoke get in the way.”

Did I say “sideways”. Yikes.

“I will not drink fucking Merlot.”

Actually, I will, but not tonight. Enjoy the  Crianza!//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day eighty-one (Saint Cosme Cotes-du-Rhone 2009) and a conspiracy

Saint Cosme Cotes-du-Rhone 2009 is tonight’s wine, and it comes with a conspiracy. The case that it was delivered in said it was from Gigondas.

Gigondas is pronounced gee gohn dahs. Where the first two syllables are said rather quick so that the n is almost not pronounced and slips into the das, which is a longer syllable. This guy gets close to the pronunciation: hear it pronounced.

The pronunciation is not the conspiracy, though. The conspiracy is that it comes from Gigondas. Gigondas is a small area in France. It’s right in the middle of the southern Rhone Valley.

Southern Rhone Valley

(Click the image. It gets bigger.)

But if a wine come from Gigondas, then it’s considered a Gigondas and not a Rhone. However, if they get their grapes from outside of Gigondas, then can it be considered a Rhone? But then again, the back label reads:

In our family since 1490, Saint Cosme has been built on a gallo-roman site, close to Gigondas, in  the heart of a geological mosaic. The Chapel of Saint Cosme looks down on our vines …

The Old Chapel of Saint Cosme“The Chapel of Saint Cosme looks down on our vines.”

Saint Cosme vineyardSo the winery is close to Gigondas, so it could be a Rhone.  But the delivery, the case says it’s from Gigondas. And round and round we go.

In the end, who cares. Let’s just drink.

But nah. There’s more to this wine. Three more things.

First, what’s “the heart of a geological mosaic”? I think this picture should explain it. (Click it, and it will get bigger.)

Geological Mosaic

And if that’s not enough, check out this information here: Gigondas.

Second, I had the 2008 before, and I wrote about it here. I seemed to think it was ok. But that was the 2008. This is the 2009. And that is the third item.

Saint Cosme Cotes Du Rhone 2008The 2009 is number 88 on The Wine Spectator Top 100 wines of 2010. (You can download this list here: The Wine Spectator Top 100 2010.) The Wine Spectator also gave it 90 points and called it a Smart Buy at $18. And to think I got it for $12. Thanks Mahan’s. (Mahan’s is where I buy my wine. They provide me with lots of wonderful information, including some of the above Gigonda’s information. I love Mahan’s, and so do most people in Brockport.)

Now, it’s time for the wine, and boy do I need it after all of that.

I opened this about an hour and a half ago and poured a glass. It was a brilliant purple grape color but dark, too.

It smells delicious. The nose is floral. It smells darker than it looks. There might be some leather in there. I also pick up some dark berries  and maybe some cinnamon.

This has a little spice to it. I pick up some limestone, too. That must be from the geological mosaic.

There’s probably some tobacco in here, too.

The finish tells me it will go perfect with salmon cooked in a 18-year-old balsamic vinegar glaze as the finish has a similar taste to an 18-year-old balsamic vinegar. So yummy.

Overall, I’m digging this wine and it will go good with the salmon and veggies, but I’m not getting 90 points. Definitely 89, though. And that’s the another conspiracy – Wine Spectator’s #88 ranking and 90 points. Hmm. I’m skeptical.

Anyway, maybe in another year or two it’ll open up a bit. It’s still a bit firm and chewy.//

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