Wine Advocate 94 points - The excellent 2009 Gigondas (a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah) is a ripe, earthy effort displaying peppery notes intermixed with garrigue, blueberries and black raspberries, super fruit (a characteristic of this vintage), low acidity and attractive lushness as well as density. It should drink nicely for a decade.
Wine Spectator 91 points - Even at four years of age, this shows great purity of fruit. Black cherries laced with garrigue mark the nose, while the cherries expand to coat the palate, adding hints of leather and baking spices. Ready to drink now, but it should easily last through 2020.
Gigondas is a red wine similar to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, though not as pricey. Mostly Grenache, it must also include at least 15% Syrah and/or Mourvedre, plus, also like Chateauneuf, a bit of some other local varieties. Deep-colored, big, round, and smooth, this is an excellent red to pair with red/white meats and cheese.