Flashcards in Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre Deck (13):
Il Vitners Syrah 'Some Days Are Stones'
Whereas many Syrahs from this vintage from the Rocks District show more fruit than usual, this wine is clearly rooted in the stones. It’s aromatically expressive with black olive, crushed flowers, mineral, black pepper and an earthy funk. Flavors are silky soft in feel, with a well-balanced mixture of fruit and savory notes that leads to a lingering finish.
Waters Syrah Loess
A Pandora’s Box of classy hedonism. Aromas of cocoa-dusted chocolate truffle, Bing cherry and blackberry cobbler draw you in while nuances of leather, hickory and violets provide intellectual satisfaction. Velvety black fruit coats the tongue with opulent freshness backed up by melted dark chocolate. Fine tannins provide weight while balancing the chocolate and plum through the lengthy finish.
Fausse Piste Syrah Garde manager
Food friendly syrah from vineyards across the Pacific Northwest, 80 % whole cluster fermentation with aging in older neutral French oak barrels and puncheons for 11 months on the lees. Our garde manger is a blend of each vineyard we source syrah from in each vintage. bottled unfined with minimal so2 addition.
Domaine Vincent paris granit 30
2009 Domaine Vincent Paris "Granit 30" Cornas, Rhone Valley
The black/purple-tinged 2009 Cornas Granite 30 exhibits abundant notes of black fruits, a lighter body, gobs of minerality and layers of flavor. Vincent Paris’s 2009s are spectacular wines that will repay 10-20 years of cellaring (in the case of La Geynale and Granite 60 Vieilles Vignes). These are rich, full-bodied efforts that cut a nice style between the traditional and more modern, barrique-aged Cornas. Purity, texture and an unmistakable gamy, animal Syrah character that comes from this amphitheater-like appellation are all present in these three cuvees of Cornas." (02/11) 90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque ruby. Ripe aromas of blackberry and cherry compote, licorice and smoky herbs. Sweet dark berry and sassafras flavors show the ripeness of the vintage but don't come off as heavy. Impressively energetic, with very good finishing clarity and persistence. As it opened up, a sexy floral quality emerged, along with a hint of dried flowers." (Jan/Feb 2011) 13% abv.
Domaine des Miquettes
North v. South: Of Differentiation in St. Joseph
St. Joseph’s best wines may for simplicity be divided into two general categories. First, there is the southern sector, near Tain l’Hermitage, across the river from the famous granite hills of Hermitage itself. These soils are older and thus more decomposed. This produces powerful, near hedonistic Syrah that most people do not associate with St. Joseph. Ripe berries, tar, smoke, with tannic backbone and variable acid.
maison bleue granache le midi
Yakima- This was fermented with 50% whole clusters, which slows down and evens up the process. Along with rich flavors of black raspberry fruit, it’s dense with savory herbs and marvelous details of earth and forest floor. Delicious now, but just wait until 2020–2022!
mark ryan numbskull blend
Wine Tasting Notes
Winery : Mark Ryan Winery
Winemaker : Mark Ryan McNeilly
Three Word Taste Summary : blackberry , raspberry , smoked
Food Pairings : Grilled meats, cheese
This dynamic blend of Syrah, Grenache & Mourvedre showcases Walla Walla's signature silky texture, and deep aromas and flavors of blackberry, raspberry, rocky minerals and hints of smoky meat and spice. Soft, plush tannins round out the finish of this old-world classic...
The consensus among Walla Walla Valley winemakers is that this will be a vintage to remember. According to Duane Wollmuth, executive director, Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, "nearly every winemaker I have talked to has said the temperatures and extended lack of rainfall have created near perfect conditions for producing wine grapes. We had three months without rain and plenty of warm temperatures. These summertime conditions, and the normal cool down in September and October have produced small berry size, well ripened fruit, and good acidity." Growing Degree Days (GDD), a measure of average daily temperatures over 50 degrees Fahrenheit, were at 2,805 in the Walla Walla Valley as of October 21. Normal GDDs in the Valley through October 31 are usually 2,844. The 2012 GDDs figure is up several hundred from those in 2010 and 2011.
Sparkman Cellars Wilderness
Indicative blend: 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 29% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, 18% Petit Verdot
Nose is dark fruit, with a bit of spice. The taste is a jammy, buttery, oak, vanilla, with a bit of spice, very balanced. Light acid and light tannins. Almost like a chardonnay profile. Dark plum finish. Very nice to drink, although not super characterful.
Close des Brusquieres
"Like the 2013, the 2012 Châteauneuf is 75% Grenache and then small parts Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. Partially destemmed and aged in equal parts concrete tank and older barrels, it has classic, old-school feel in its peppery, saddle leather, garrigue, currant, olive tapenade and licorice-driven bouquet. Medium-bodied, elegant and beautiful balanced, enjoy this textbook Châteauneuf over the coming decade. I continue to love the wines of this estate, and readers looking for the essence of Provence need to latch onto a bottle. These are textbook, old school Châteauneuf du Papes all the way." ~ JD
Coudoulet de Beaucastel
Definite step up from the classic Côtes du Rhône. Made with grapes grown in and around Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this shows much greater depth of fruit, finer tannins and appreciable length. This will age as well, but is drinking just fine right now. Serve at 18C. Drink now-2018. Food pairing idea: Filet of pork or roasted chicken.
Montréal Gazette, 2015-01-03
..."Petit frère (si je puis dire) du Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château de Beaucastel, ce vin rouge de la vallée du Rhône, passablement coloré quoique sans rien d'opaque, a quelque chose d'on ne peut plus alléchant dans ce millésime. Le bouquet, d'assez bon volume, brille par l'éclat de ses arômes de fruits rouges, alors qu'il s'agit sur le plan gustatif d'un vin de corps moyen, aux tannins aimables, souple et ne manquant pas de finesse"...
Jacques Benoit, lapresse.ca, 2014-06-23
Saint Cosme Les Deux Albion
A wine that come all from estate vineyards (mostly Plan de Dieu and Cairanne) since 2008, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions is mostly Grenache and Syrah, yet also includes a tiny amount of Clairette and other permitted varieties. It exhibits knockout notes of dark fruits, chocolate, smoked meats and pepper. This is followed by a ripe, textured and beautifully pure effort that has both richness and freshness. Drink it anytime over the coming 7-8 years.
Domaine du Gros Nore
Both of the reds are brilliant and most likely the wines of the vintage, the 2011 Bandol comes from 30-year-old vines and is a blend of 80% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache and 5% Cinsault. Aged 18 months in foudre, it’s a dense, concentrated 2011 that offers notions of black cherry, blackberry, earth and ground herbs on the nose. This flows to a full bodied, gorgeously put together palate that has considerable structure, superb purity of fruit and a knock out finish. Give it another 2-3 years in the cellar and enjoy it over the following 15 years or more