Northern Rhône, Rhône

M. Chapoutier

De l'Orée Ermitage Blanc Marsanne 2001

After having tasted two suboptimal white Hermitages last saturday, I have to admit that it can be a hit-and-miss when it comes to aging Rhône blancs....
But this one slightly restores my faith in doing so.
Golden colour, spicy tropical fruit, juicy and sappy in the midpalate and a long, rich and satisfying finish. No distracting notes of oxidation.
A wonderful bottle from a good but not a great vintage.
— 6 days ago

Marc, Ira and 15 others liked this

Domaine Auguste Clape

Cornas Syrah 1998

Red scarlet, bright and clear. Not showing much age yet in the glass. Mineral and bright fruit nose. Notes of black cherry, slate stone, black earthy soil, raspberries and a little menthol. Even with two hours of air in a decanter this is young and chewy in the mouth. Lots of structure and acidity that overpowers the fruit. I’m curious to see where this goes in the next 5 years. — 16 days ago

Mike, Alex and 16 others liked this

Domaine du Coulet (Matthieu Barret)

et La Banniere... Crozes-Hermitage Syrah

Dark-hued and almost black. Seriously floral on the nose: violet, lilac, jammy blackberry cobbler, tarragon. Juicy dark fruit exploding through the palate interlaced with smoky, meaty bitterness. Develops into significantly more blue fruit and a vibrant olive brine. Really impressive at this price point for Syrah lovers. — 8 days ago

Josh, Ron and 1 other liked this

Michel & Stéphane Ogier (d'Ampuis)

La Rosine Syrah 2016

More spice driven than fruit...some bacon but a little more extracted than what i like — 6 hours ago

Josh, Mike and 1 other liked this

E. Guigal

Brune et Blonde de Guigal Côte-Rotie Syrah 2015

🙈 tasting 6th wine
at wset level 2 course (4th meeting)

1st of a syrah couple.
new world and old world were the expected contenders.

i guessed easy that this is old world.

ruby red 👀

black pepper, liquorice, black current, cedar, smoke, mushroom and tobacco 👃

medium acidity.
full body.

intense 👄 same as nose.

long pleasent 🎯

💪 pleasent tannins.

excellent! best wine of the meeting for me.
— 2 days ago

David, Neil and 3 others liked this

Philippe Pacalet

Cornas Syrah 2015

Woah Pacalet kills it again. Olive tapenade with the slightest touch of smoke on the nose leads to the intense taste of smoked meats, leather, blackberries. The finish lasts for a solid 2 minutes. On the nose this smells like a big Rhône style wine from Paso but then the whole cluster finesse I love from Pacalet’s burgundies really shines — 16 days ago

Anthony De, Shay and 27 others liked this

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Syrah

And we’re on to the Chave! Pepper and spice and everything nice. — 20 hours ago

Haw YangGuangshan ZhuJim McCusker
with Haw, Guangshan and 1 other
Trixie, Mike and 7 others liked this

Domaine Bernard Gripa

Parady Saint-Joseph Syrah 2016

Lyle Fass

Young but will so great from this new rare Gripa St. Joseph Cuvee. More finesse driven than the Berceau and sits between that and the regular St. Joseph. Gorgeous nose of smoked meat, mint, hint of oak, big red berry fruit, floral and superb granite. What one wants. I love it. As it aerates a perfume develops. Palate is deep, structured, fresh and ripe. So clean. Juicy and substantial tannins but elegant as well. Long finish with superb clarity and sap. Really well made and also young. But just a terrific debut. — 8 days ago

Neil, Steve and 11 others liked this
Cody White

Cody White

Love the label. Look forward to trying this.
Lyle Fass

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Watching Houston game now and even better today. Needs 2 hours and it rocks.

Domaine les hauts de Mercurol

Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2016

Smells of sweet grass and a barnyard.

A large strapping wine, both in mouthfeel, and heft.
Minty, gravelly, horehound, sweet grass, herbaceous and savory cracked pepper.
This is a meal on its own, throw the food away now, this is meant to be acknowledged solo.
— 3 days ago

Trixie, Neil and 6 others liked this


A fine, strapping review! Enjoyed reading your notes. 🍷

Louis Barruol

La Pierrelle Hermitage Syrah 2012

Really nice classic N. Rhône notes on the nose of roast beef, tallow, black pepper, garrigue, black raspberry, chocolate, and coffee.

Blackberry, blueberry, pepper. Tannin is fine grained and well integrated with lingering game, beef fat and blueberry compote. Quite approachable now.

I think we were all surprised how approachable and finessed this was at this point in time. Very aromatic with a lot of power on the palate but not too tannic despite its relative youth. Just about perfect with the roast lamb we had.
— 2 days ago

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with Brooks and Scott
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Viva la garrigue!