Revealed its charm over time…
Name: Domaine Grand Romane Gigondas
Producer: Pierre Amadieu
Region/Country: Gigondas, France
Grape Varietal(s): Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
Consumed: At home
Recommended by: Happened upon it at the LCBO
Cost: 22.75 CAD
Bottle Presentation: A classic label, although the picture on the foil seems like overkill.
Appearance: Light-medium ruby red.
Nose: Raspberries, leather, vanilla, smokiness, and perhaps some spices.
Taste: At first, it had quite dominant earth and mineral notes, as well as a touch of leather. As the wine opened, the earthiness dominated, but it became rounder and fuller. It paired well with BBQ peppercorn steak, grilled red onion, and roasted red potatoes, as well as, surprisingly enough, green beans in tomato sauce. Some licorice, sour cherries, mint, and cedar emerged (an interesting combination, I know).
Finish: Earth and dark berries. With the food, blueberries also emerged.
Overall Impression: Over the course of 2 hours, the wine opened nicely and revealed a few secrets, and it paired well with BBQ steak. By the end of the meal, it remained enjoyable on its own. Definitely worth trying.
Value: 4.5 out of 5.