This Grenache is medium ruby colored with thick, slow moving legs down the side of the glass showing off its 15% ABV. The nose has raspberry, blackcurrant, red currant, toasty oak, spice box, vanilla, coconut and black cherry. The palate is dry with fine-grained tannins balancing out some medium acidity. The fruit flavors are delicious yet not over-ripe. Black and red currants, some black cherry and raspberry mix with oak influence by way of the toast and spice box. There is a licorice component I did not get on the nose and the coconut/vanilla is ever so feint on the palate. The tannins are pretty grippy on the back end and the finish is quite a juicy and long affair. This medium to full bodied wine is drinking nicely now but will cellar well into 2030 methinks. It begs for rack of lamb with a garlic mousse and some grilled veggies. 93 points for this $36 effort makes it a 5 star wine in my book. Salut….
Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas La Louisiane Vieilles Vignes 2017, Rhone, France
25 Wednesday May 2022