Pontificis GSM 2012: Wine Wednesday Review

Pontificis GSM


 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre
Vin Pays d’Oc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Price: $6.99

This is the last wine from my Trader Joe’s haul. Parting is such sweet sorrow.

GSM stands for Granache, Syrah, Mouvedre. This is a classic red wine blend—and one of my favorites. Pontificis did not disappoint. It is a deep purple in the glass with glints of red. The nose a little ‘hot’—which means it smells like it is high in alcohol. Once that initial note blows away, the nose yields black cherries and chocolate, with some tobacco notes.

The black cherries and chocolate continued to show on the palate. This wine has a little junk-in-the-trunk and paired well with my steak. This GSM punches well above its price point.

Are you a fan of GSM? Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Just shared a bottle with friends and hoping I can get my hands on more of this wine. It was recommended by one of the assistance at Trader Joe’s and two shoppers encouraged the purchase. I am really glad I gave it a try.

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