Northern Rhône, Rhône

Domaine Auguste Clape

Le Vin des Amis Syrah 2010

Really a very nice Syrah. Probably 1-2 years past its perfect drinking window but still very nice tonight with a minimal decant. Perfect pairing with old-school steak diane. Lots of olive, some dark fruit, some earth, nice lifting acid, quite well balanced, long finish. — 11 days ago

Severn, Michael and 2 others liked this

Thierry Allemand

Reynard Cornas Syrah 2013

Un très beau Reynard, du poivre fin, très frais, plein et riche mais avec une belle élégance, puissance contenue. 92-93

A very nice Reynard, pepper, very fresh, full and rich yet with some class and elegance, powerful but balanced.
— 8 days ago

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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

L'Hermitage Syrah 1997

Loved it! Killer nose With so much going on but opened end of the night where it got lost. A very underrated vintage for Chave. — 5 days ago

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Domaine des Pierres Sèches Sylvain Gauthier

St. Joseph Syrah 2019

Lyle Fass
9.3

Floral and full of olives. Utterly classic and super pure. Loads of granite and huge dark berry fruit. Aromatic and sensual. Lovely herbals as well. Almost smells like high end indica. Wow this is terrific! Huge power, depth and concentration and big, but ripe and substantial tannins. But of all the normal st. Jo’s I sell this one benefits the most from age. 3-4 years this is what one wants to be drinking. Perfect balance and outrageous freshness. Really long and showing wonderful complexity. After air this gets super duper floral and shows such startlingly pure fruit. Really young with such fine tannins. So well knit and integrated as it airs. The first sip is a bruiser then it gets all elegant and fine. Tangy as well on the finish. A great wine. — 13 days ago

Iwan, Severn and 3 others liked this

Delas Frères

Les Bessards Hermitage Syrah 2006

Nez de mures, prunes, poivre. Une bouche de belle texture et belle densité, c'est fin, frais, des tannins assez assouplis, soyeux, très long, pur délice. 93+

Nose of dark currant, pepper, plum. The palate is of such a great density and texture as well s being fresh with silky tannins, very long finish, gorgeous.
— 8 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Great wine, last I had was a '99 a few years back. Miss it.

Domaine des Pierres Seches

Gauthier Revirand Saint-Joseph Syrah 2019

Lyle Fass
9.6

Sick nose. Incense, spices, lavender, so floral and pretty. Orange rind and orange zest. Flower shop. Granite. So so pretty. Cote Rotie like nose.

Palate is so refined and juicy. Wow. What an intense wine. So gamey and meaty. Gravy almost. Blackberry and black fruits. Huge acids. So juicy and terrific fruit and purity. Velvety and sweet tannins and a level of class and refinement not even seen in the Aubert. Lovely and fresh. Really well balanced. Saturates the palate with a terrific fruit soak. Excellent wine. Needs maybe 5 years!
— 3 days ago

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Matthew Cohen

Matthew Cohen

Wait what? What is it ?
Lyle Fass

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@Matthew Cohen new cuvee. No idea what it is because sylvain never answers emails.

Domaine Courbis

Les Eygats Cornas Syrah 2000

Fully mature. Dark in color, no significant rim gradient. Lovely nose of dark fruit, heme and leather. Palate dark fruit, olive, leather and smoke. Smooth, complex and delicious. Drink now. — 12 days ago

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Valerie O'Shea

Valerie O'Shea

This wine is full bodied, cherry, plum, leather, smoke and tar. Delicious with salmon!

Domaine des Pierres Seches

Sylvain Gauthier Cuvée Aubert St. Joseph Syrah 2018

Lyle Fass
9.5

Stunning nose, blackberries and florals, hint of honey and loads of granite. Black and green olive. Almost a tapenade. Super floral. Just a stunning stunning nose. Truly wow. Big wine and very juicy and very grippy. Huge structure, depth and tannins and just unreal granitic freshness. Wow. So so deep. Massive tannins but they are ripe and has that 2018 “this will age for fucking ever” vibe to it. That nose is easily a 9.7 but the palate needs to come together a bit more which it will. So rich, so decadent yet so fresh with absurd levels of concentration and richness. Bury this deep in the back of the cellar. Terrific long finish with just amazing persistence. — 3 days ago

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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Syrah 1998

Stunning vintage for Chave showing great purity, complexity that is polished & silky with dark cherry, raspberry, smoked meats, licorice, graphite, finishing with a nose of menthol, pepper, tobacco leaf & violet. Great length & balance with the structure that will drink well for many years. — 12 days ago

Lyle, Aravind and 14 others liked this
Big Wave Dave

Big Wave Dave

I always read your notes with envy. Pure wine porn! Please keep them coming and looking forward to the lunch invite one of these days 😎

Johann Michel

Cuvée Jana Cornas Syrah 2018

Lyle Fass
9.7

Massive blackberry on the nose with stunning granitic details. Wow. This is very very high class. Some black olive as well that is very well defined. What a palate. Density married with finesse and insanely explosive fruit. Wow that’s a great wine. Brilliant purity and density. So elegant. How can something this big be so elegant? Gorgeous late breaking sweet and granitic tannins. A monumental wine. Unreal finish. This slaps! Structure starts to kick in but that is offset but incredible juiciness. This is an ager but fun to take a peek. — 17 days ago

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