The label identifies this Gigondas as a Kermit Lynch Selection, but it is actually the Cuvee en Dentelle produced by Chateau du Trignon. At age 12, it is drinking beautifully, probably at its peak.
The brilliant deep crimson color indicates that the wine still has plenty of life and that it has been made traditionally, without barriques. The bouquet expresses the pretty side of Gigondas: ripe red raspberries, violets and fruit leather. Very fragrant. Gigondas power shows up on the palate. It's ripe and lovely but with a deceptive amount of tannin on the mid-palate. The red berry flavors have the subtlety and finesse of a good Pinot Noir. Yes: it's like a fine Pinot but without the earthy finish. A long finish full of flavor interest.
This Gigondas was only $15.99 when it was released, but the current vintage would be at least twice that much. Wish I had bought more.