93PTS

gargantua, oregon

Vinous.com; January 4th, 2017

Deep violet. Heady smoke- and mineral-accented cherry and cassis scents are complemented by suggestions of pipe tobacco, violet and Indian spices. Silky and deeply concentrated yet lively, offering sweet dark berry, cherry compote and floral pastille flavors lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. Alluringly sweet and pure, finishing with excellent clarity and slow-building, fine-grained tannins. Distinctly Rhône-like in character and balanced to age.

92PTS

gargantua, california

Vinous.com; January 4th, 2017

Bright purple. Primary scents of ripe black and blue fruits, dark chocolate and olive paste, complicated by floral and mineral nuances. Smooth, weighty and appealingly sweet, offering intense cassis and blueberry flavors that are sharpened and given spiciness by a suggestion of black pepper. The floral note repeats and builds on the long, youthfully tannic finish, which leaves behind a hint of spicecake.

“Wine lovers who appreciate the elegant Syrahs of California’s cooler regions are strongly advised to hunt down and try some of Oregon’s versions, as they bear a strong resemblance to their southern neighbors’ bottlings and prices are generally fair. I’d definitely be on the lookout for Syrahs and Gargantua…which are personality-filled wines that will please even the most die-hard Rhône fanatic”

JOSH RAYNOLDS
Vinous.com: January 4th, 2017

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