Wine Advocate 94 points - Features a rugged edge, with lots of roasted alder and juniper notes framing a core of fig, blackberry and black cherry paste flavors. Best from 2016 through 2021.-J.M.
Wine Spectator 91 points - The 2011 Gigondas has lots of kirsch, sweet cherries, spice and cedar wood to go with a medium-bodied, perfumed, Provencal style. It should drink well for a decade or more.
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.