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Friday, April 20, 2007

Gilles Robin Crozes-Hermitage 2003

A couple of days ago I had the opportunity to sample several Rhône wines of the 2003 vintage. These were all big wines (14.5 percent alcohol), and ranged from a Côtes du Rhône that is ready to drink right out of the bottle to a Châteauneuf-du-Pape that needs a good three to five years of bottle age to release its true potential.

My favorite was the Cuvée Albéric Bouvet Crozes-Hermitage 2003 from Gilles Robin. It's 100 percent Syrah, and is a huge, powerful, chewy wine. It has a wonderful nose of currant, plum and earth -- one of those wines that's as much fun to sniff as it is to drink.

After it makes it past the lips, this wine fills the mouth with complex flavors, and it leaves with a long, satisfying finish. It's quite a treat, and at $25 - $30 per bottle, an affordable luxury.
M. Zane Grey, 7:18 PM