Syrah

Rene Rostaing

Ampodium Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2010

David T
9.3

For all of you that drink; SQN, Cayuse & Horsepower, if you haven’t tried a well aged Rostaing, you are missing the best aspect of Syrah.

Côte de Rôtie translates in English into Roasted Slope. That’s exactly what this wine defines.

The Ampodium is a blend of 7-8 different Rhône vineyards. 2010 a dynamic vintage in Northern Rhône.

I bought this recently at auction and it has been decently stored but not quite ideally stored.

The nose reveals; roasted chestnut, stewed; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries on the high nose & backend of the fruit, used coffee grounds, soft leather, dry tobacco, savory meats, dark, moist soils, anise to black licorice, fresh sage & bay leaf with candied; dark, red, blue, purple florals in a field of lavender.

The palate is; fresh, ripe, juicy, elegant and nicely resolved. The structure, tension, balance and length are perfect. It is for the palates that love elegance & beauty, not brawn & ABV. Roasted chestnut, stewed; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries, dark cherries, juicy, ripe strawberries backend of the fruit, used coffee grounds, soft leather, dry tobacco, savory meats, smoke, dark, moist soils, anise to black licorice, light purple cola, fresh sage & bay leaf with candied; dark, red, blue, purple florals in a field of lavender. The acidity is round & stream like. The finish is in perfect balance, harmony that settled softy yet speaks volumes.

Paired with the Cardiff Chipotle Tri-tip. The best Tri-tip we’ve had. You can order at CardiffCrack.com. Not inexpensive though. The best never is!

Photos of; me in the La Landonne Vineyard, Rene Rostaing and our tour with Pierre Rostaing in their La Landonne Vineyard. What an afternoon!

Producer notes, Pierre (son of Rene & now Winemaker) uses up to 100% of the stems - believing they contribute to Côte Rôtie’s ineffable perfume. Macerations last from 7 to 20+ days, and the wines enjoy a long élevage in a mix of barrels and time-honored pièce for aging, so that no more than 15% of a given vintage sees new wood.
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I love the challenge call out to cult Cali cab drinkers to explore Côte de Rôtie.
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@Jan A The hazard of multi-tasking late into the night and following conversation while writing notes. All better now.
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@David T even more impressive that you can produce such detailed descriptions under those conditions 👍

Sami-Odi

Mahe & Ribo Syrah 2015

Lovely wine with beautiful aromatics and excellent complexity. It showed a very interesting transformation over the evening from mostly mixed wild berries at first then later adding more savory notes with smoked meat, herbs, and black olives. Full of flavor but still light on its feet. @Fraser McKinley thanks for hanging out with out group on Zoom and chatting about your wines! Your passion for what you do really shows through in your wines. — 4 days ago

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@Eric LaMasters , I’m glad this is as I remembered from when I brought it to San Antonio. My favorite Sami-Odi to date! Lots of fun with Fraser tonight.
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Thanks for your kind note @Eric LaMasters and fantastic chatting with you all today! What a great bunch of guys, I can only imagine how fun the group rendezvous are!
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Wish I had been able to have made it . Next time.

Alban Vineyards

Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Syrah 2004

David T
9.5

It is my belief & I don’t think I am far from the mark that Alban profiled their wines from Rostaing. Rostaing started in 1971 & Alban in 1985.

Both have the roasted slope & roasted chestnut profile. The Alban is a better single terroir than the old world 7-8 vineyard blend of the Rostaing Ampodium. It’s riper & beefier. The fruits are roasted & ripe. The length, balance, tension & length are near its peak.

The nose reveals; roasted chestnuts, stewed/baked/candied; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, raspberries, mulberries, expresso roast, dark, steeped, fruit teas anise to black licorice, dry, crushed rocks, dry top soils, clay, some bacon fat, juicy, savory meats, dark, moist forest floor, limestone, dark spice with fresh; purple florals in a field of violets & lavender.

The palate is; gorgeous, sexy, rich, lush & in perfect form. Roasted chestnuts. Stewed/baked/candied; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, raspberries, mulberries, expresso roast, dark, steeped, fruit teas, anise to black licorice, dry, crushed rocks, dry top soils, clay, some bacon fat, juicy, savory meats, dark, moist forest floor, limestone, dark heated spice with fresh; purple florals in a field of violets & lavender. In perfect form. Tannins are rounded, sweetly tarry. The acidity is perfect. The finish is very round & new world. It is a perfect balance of fruit & earth. It glides on the palate & persists endlessly.

Paired with the Cardiff Chipotle Tri-tip. The best Tri-tip we’ve had. You can order at CardiffCrack.com. Not inexpensive though. The best never is!

Photos of; John Alban, two of their single vineyards and their barrel room.
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Nice TN
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@Ron R @"Odedi" Thank you. Cheers! 🍷
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Got 2 more of the 04’s in my cooler still, fantastic bottle

Ferraton Père & Fils

Calendes Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2017

Biodynamic Croze, typical of the appellation. Ripe and juicy black fruits, notes of pears, peaches, a hint of wood. The body is supple, with a nice gourmet volume. Roundness, suppleness and beautiful freshness. The finish deploys fairly characteristic minty and peppery notes, violet. Great pleasure.

Croze biodynamique, typique de l’appellation. Fruits noires mûres et juteux, notes de poires, pêches, un brin boisées. Le corps est souple, avec un beau volume gourmand. Rondeur, souplesse et belle fraucheur. La finale déploie des notes mentholées et poivrées, violette, assez caractéristiques. Grand plaisir.
— 6 days ago

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Michel & Stéphane Ogier (d'Ampuis)

Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2001

Light garnet-ruby. Rusty, musty nose. Olive brine, dried blueberry. Long, juicy, bloody palate, with reverberating acidity and prickly tannins. Hints of roasted nuts and cocoa. So alive on the palate. A real treat. — a day ago

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@romo Interesting. How so?
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Look at your profile. This is an outlier. I feel same about Cote Rotie as a “real treat”.
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@romo Fair enough. I def think of Cote Rotie as a special occasion wine but not an outlier.

Emmanuel Darnaud

Mise en Bouche Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2018

Nose on black fruits, pears, peaches and violets. Generous and supple round palate bringing its share of sweet spices, caramel and other well-melted tertiary notes. Authentic wine, unfussy, gourmet and juicy, highlighting this magnificent grape variety, Syrah. the finish deploys menthol, peppery, vegetal notes, very pleasant in length. Perfect as an aperitif. Will certainly go well with grilled pork bacon or equivalent.

Nez sur les fruits noirs, poires, pêches, et violette. Bouche ronde généreuse et souple apportant son lot d’épices douces, caramel et autres notes tertiaires bien fondues. Vin authentique, sans chichis, gourmand et juteux, mettant à l’honneur ce magnifique cépage qu’est la Syrah. La finale déploie des notes mentholées, poivrées, végétales, très agréables de longueur. Parfait dès l’apéro. Ira certainement très bien avec du porc grillé bacon ou équivalent.
— 9 days ago

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K Vintners

Powerline Estate Syrah 2014

medium ruby violet fading to garnet rim; dark berries, black olives, black peppercorns, charcoal, beef jerky, prominent stem character; more savory than fruity on the palate with peppery finish; full bodied, medium+ acidity, medium+ tannin, 15% ABV; winemaker Charles Smith, 100% Syrah with 100% stem inclusion, aged 27 months in 53% new French puncheons; Powerline vineyard was planted in 2012 at foothills of Blue Mountains at 1200 feet elevation, in cobblestone river rocks with underlying sand and gravel; $46 — 5 days ago

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E. Guigal

Brune et Blonde de Guigal Côte-Rotie Syrah 2011

Beautiful, violets, pepper and dark fruit. Fine grained tannins, nice balance, not the deepest but very good, much better with a few years then first bottles opened. 90-91

A bien vieilli, poivre, violettes, fruits noirs. Des tannins présents mais fondus et avec du grain assez fin. Pas le plus complexe, mais très bien dans cette gamme. 90-91
— 11 hours ago

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Luyton Michéle

Hermitage Syrah 2016

Lyle Fass
9.4

This is lit. Gorgeous nose. Wide open. Granite, mineral, some dark flowers, berry fruit, red and black, loaminess. Smells like a place. Hint of funk that Blows off after 15 minutes. Palate is fresh, energetic, pure and deep. Gorgeous purity and concentration. Herbal, floral and juicy. Velvety and ripe tannins. Terrific structure as it should be. This is very fine. — 4 days ago

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Salo

Syrah

Comparing 2 cool climate syrahs. Firstly the Salo from Hawkes Bay New Zealand made by Steve Flamsteed of Giant Steps fame. Peppercorns and spices on the nose with a ferrous note. On the medium weight palate it’s all about the pepper and spice. Love the style. We visited Hawkes Bay a few years ago and loved the Syrahs particularly the Trinity Homage. The Salo to be critical of what is a pretty good wine could do with a little more fruit. — 10 days ago

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