Rhône Syrah

Tardieu-Laurent

Hermitage Syrah 1998

I don't drink enough Rhône wines and so it is always a joy to explore the region more deeply. This wine was a little past its best but fascinated for its bacon fats, fleshy taste. It became less gamey in the glass over time, revealing dark fruits and a good balance. Though a little long in the tooth, it is hard to imagine a better wine with the giant pork chop that was a standout choice on the menu. — 2 days ago

Cara ZimmermanLucas Wittmann
with Cara and Lucas
James, Sasha and 4 others liked this
Ira Schwartz

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@James Forsyth thanks for the note. I recall in 2009 I attended a ‘98 versus ’99 Hermitage blind tasting. This wine was my favorite. BYOB or off the list?
James Forsyth

James Forsyth

@Ira Schwartz your Hermitage tasting sounds excellent. The couple with whom we dined kindly brought this wine to the restaurant.

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Syrah 1990

Seth Morgen Long
9.8

Bright and elegant, leathered red pit fruit, dried florals, low tide brine, tar and dusty earth. Coiled still but open and beautifully textural, lovely and long on the pallet. 1990 is consistently one of the most beautiful bottles of Chave I’ve had. — 8 days ago

Amr, Riddley and 7 others liked this

Domaine de la Côte Sainte-Epine

Vieilles Vignes St. Joseph Syrah 2014

Lyle Fass
9.1

Nice nose of white pepper, game, gravy, earth, dark berry fruit, some redder fruits, juicy, dense and concentrated palate with lively acidity and terrific depth and precision. Very pure and excellent length. Nice ripe sweet tannin. Always a great value. — 7 days ago

Tom, Aravind and 4 others liked this

Domaine Vincent Paris

La Geynale Cornas Syrah 2013

A meaty and intense blue fruit nose with loads of green pepper and dark, lean fruit with iodine and iron. Vibrant, animalistic, meaty. Not as supple or long as some but excellent with the meat dishes. — 2 days ago

Keith, Ara and 12 others liked this

Domaine de la Rousse

Côte-Rôtie Syrah 1989

Soaring savory notes here. All kinds of meat, black olive, dirt, iron and black pepper. Deep and interesting in all sorts of ways. I love this type of wine! I made a rustic dinner of grilled rack of lamb, roasted Brussels sprouts and fingerling potatoes with a squash and curry soup. This fit the bill perfectly. — a day ago

Jason, Eric and 20 others liked this

Domaine Rousset

Les Picaudiéres Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2015

Lyle Fass
9.4

Huge pungent nose. Big black fruits, granite up the wazoo, spice, but really really mineral. And then black fruits. Darkness. A void of promise. Palate is huge, juicy and ridiculously complex. Refined yet shows the warmth and intensity of the vintage but also the brilliant freshness and depth. Super long and one of the most mineral driven Crozes I’ve ever had. Great wine. — 7 days ago

Tom, Severn and 7 others liked this

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah 1996

Classic, if a bit foursquare. Subtle meaty notes, slightly faded black fruit, hints of white pepper, a little soil. — 6 days ago

Shawn, Eric and 9 others liked this

Delas Frères

Les Bessards Hermitage Syrah 1999

Even a notch better than my last one, tannins completely resolved, so big but yet light, everything’s together, heading to Burgville. Seek out, it’s a value with good provenance, but drink soon. — a day ago

Michael Aronovici
with Michael
"Odedi", David and 16 others liked this
Severn Goodwin

Severn Goodwin

Great bottle, and year. I pulled the cork on a '99 also, several months back. Fully agree, leaning towards Burgundy.

Thierry Allemand

Chaillot Cornas Syrah 2012

Amazing vintage for Allemand both elegant & floral. The Chaillot is rich, dense & full bodied with a sweet core of mineral & floral spices. There is meat, black olive, licorice, rose petal & violets — 5 days ago

Chris, Weijie and 13 others liked this

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin Hermitage Syrah 1991

Holy S-it Batman! This is ridiculous. Maybe the best Rhône ever and one of the great legendary wines! Very few wines speak to me like this did. — 2 days ago

Greg, Jeff and 7 others liked this
Ron Siegel

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Let me know if you run into some Bryan as I am looking. :)
Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas

You may have tasted a true unicorn wine my friend - I think there were only 250 bottles produced. I remember back in my early days 3bottles of the 1991 lingered on the shelf for well over a year with a $99 price tag!
Ron Siegel

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Amazing! If I get one you will be invited to the party.