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By Paul Gregutt
The Times 

Wine of the Week

Peter William 2018 GSM


January 19, 2023

Paul Gregutt

Oregon's Rogue Valley wineries are a different breed from their northern cousins in the Willamette. The scenery is even more stunningly beautiful, the wineries more isolated, the climate warmer and dryer. Different grapes thrive here, notably those from the Rhône region of France. This blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre (hence GSM) is chewy and toasty, its ample tannins setting it up nicely against the mulberry and plum fruit. The wine comes into focus in the back of the palate, extending the flavors through a full-bodied and clean finish. I first tasted this a year and a half ago, but it's even better with the extra bottle age – richly fruity, lightly chocolatey, spicy and bold yet perfectly balanced and crisp. 100 cases; 14.9%; $24 (Rogue Valley) 93/100


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