- Category: Uncorked Tonight
(April 18, 2020) ... I have tried wines from Casale del Giglio very recently, in fact I did a review video about a very rare wine they make (Casale del Giglio 2017 Cesanese) ... But this is not that wine. This one is made with the Shiraz grape, or in the Shiraz style would be a better way to put it, considering it is made in Italy. At 19 years of age the wine shows plenty of mocha and anise notes upon opening, but also an oxidized cherry, forest floor, smoky and white pepper notes. The acidity is still quite nice and cleans everything out; the finish has a pleasant "red cocoa" effect that both dries and adds a fun bit of tannin bite ... on the fence about this one, but considering its age I give it a pass ... in a good way.
As for the Robert Giraud 2000 Chateau Cotelier, it was even older than the Giglio and it showed very well too. A blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre from the Costieres de Nimes - it started off earthy and seemingly oxidized, then it developed some simple sour cherry notes that seemed to stick around for the rest of the evening. It was quite drinkable and enjoyable as it opened, that cherry was dried and helped accentuate everything else nicely.