The acclaimed Rhone valley producer Guigals wines are dear companion, especially when autumn food makes its presence. Here is a wine tips originating from Gigondas, often referred to as a little brother to the more famous and usually much more expensive Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This wine is from the excellent 2009 vintage which makes it even better.
Guigal Gigondas 2009 for 28 USD
Already at the first sniff the wine exudes a perfect balance with shades of dark fruit, charcuterie and pennyroyal. The flavor is both powerful, yet full of silky complexity. A full-bodied taste of dark berries, Mediterranean spices, smoked Italian charcuterie products, pepper and a final freshness in the form of pennyroyal and juniper. The different layers of flavor forms a perfect wine that can be hailed from beginning to end. Especially gratifying is that it is already great to drink as long as you give it a couple of hours in a decanter.
What food does it suit to? An autumn beef stew, or deer/venison course becomes a symphony together with this perfect wine.