OK, this one surprised me and exceeded my expectations.  This is again what Chave calls their negociant line but they do own the vineyards.  It is about one fifth the price of the Estate Hermitage.  I am not sure what I was expecting but those expectations were low considering the above and that 2014 was not a great year in the Northern Rhone.  Well, this wine was delightful.  It may not make three decades, but for the next decade, this is an awesome Syrah.  Purple in color.  The nose is great with black raspberries, violets, black pepper and slight barnyard.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, nice black raspberry fruit over a nice mineral base.  Deep, it unwinds in the glass.  Good depth.  Long finish.  This will work great with roasted meats and vegetables and even heartier pasta dishes.  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
94
Vintage: 
2014
Current Price: 
$80.00USD

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