Now that partners Daniel Brunier and Kermit Lynch have gotten a full grasp of this complicated, cool climate terroir, Les Pallières quality has soared.
Reveals more minerality [compare to Terrasse du Diable], garrigue, raspberry and strawberry fruit, it is a mid-weight , elegant wine that represents one of the finest Gigondas made in this difficult vintage.
88. This shows a more mature profile, with mesquite, mulled plum and fig bread notes laced with a streak of lightly roasted cedar. The minerally finish lingers with a plum skin note. Drink now through 2012. 1800cs made
89; ($36) Vivid red. Redcurrant, cherry and garrigue on the nose. Taut and sharply focused but a bit ungiving. Gains flesh and sweetness with air and finishes with good clarity and spicy cut. I like this wine\’s vivacity.
Bright red. Smoky red berries, flowers and minerals on the nose. A sweet, energetic midweight that offers redcurrant and cherry flavors and a tangy note of blood orange. A bit ungiving on the finish, which repeats the cherry note and lingers with very good persistence. 89- 91