This is a Syrah from the Northern Rhone Valley in France. Crozes-Hermitage is a great source of values and this is one of the best wines made. At age ten, this is cruising along and just entering adulthood. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black olives, slight bacon fat and spice. Pretty classic. On the palate, this shows a tight complexity that unwinds in the glass. Layers of black raspberries with an earthiness and a meatiness to it. Delicious. Long finish. This should drink well for the nest ten years. A nice match with brisket or roasted chi
Crozes is an excellent source for great values in Syrah. This is another example. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, slight bacon fat and roasted meats and black olives. Full bodied. On the palate, the black raspberries are upfront with underlying minerality and char. This is drinking deliciously now, but it seems to have the stuffing to improve a bit. it certainly has ten years left, or more, of great drinking. A nice match for charcuterie or roasted meats and veggies.
This is, of course, young, but already drinking well. 2015 was such a delicious year in the northern Rhone. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black raspberries, violets, and slight spice. On the palate, this is ripe/slightly sweet. Nothing close to cloying. It should calm down with some age. Lots of depth. Nice full bodied texture. Plenty of black raspberry fruit. Nice finish. At this point, this will need big food but should calm down. This has ten to fifteen years and probably more. Definitely a point or two of upside. It really is an excellent value.
This is always a great value. Just a step up from the Cotes du Rhone and a bit deeper and darker. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black raspberries, slight violets, cedar and pepper. On the palate, this is juicy with bold black raspberry fruit. Slight tannins. Good acidity. Long finish. 2015 was a great year in the Northern Rhone and value wines like this are a great play. It should be good for the next five to seven years at least. Great with stews, meats and spicier foods.
Purple/ruby in color. The nose is nice with black raspberries, slight raspberries, a bit of minerality and spice. On the palate, this is mid-weight. Drinking well right now. Light tannins. Good acidity. Ripe enough black raspberry fruit. This will work well with stews and roasts and is better with food. Some peppery qualities on the finish. Probably needs to be consumed in the next five years.
This was brought to a dinner party by a friend who reps the wine. It was the first time trying this winery, but of course 2015 is such a great vintage in the Northern Rhone that my expectations were high. Indeed, this wine delivers. It is an old school styled wine that really has a lot going on. It retails for around $25 which is a nice value. Purple in color, a bit flat in appearance. The nose is great but there is some funk/barnyard (if that bothers you). Also some plums, a bit of spice and black pepper. On the palate, this has light tannins. Good acidity. Black raspberries and