Rhône Syrah

M. Chapoutier

Crozes-Ermitage Les Varonniers 2014

Chapoutier family dates back to the early 19th century when current owner Michel Chapoutier’s great-, great-, great-grandfather Marius purchased estate and some vineyards in the now famous village of Tain l’Hermitage in Northern Rhône Valley. Ripe red berry fruit aromas. On the palate, this wine displays cherry and blackberry fruit with earthy notes, and a bit of crushed rock. Tannins are soft and savory, good balance, ending with a lingering mineral finish. Nice! — 5 hours ago

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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

L'Hermitage Syrah 1989

Classic Hermitage nose, red & black fruits, smoked meat, leather, iron, herbs, pepper. Expressive sweet, silky palate, cherry liqueur, olives, beautifully balanced. Another wow bottle. — 4 days ago

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M. Chapoutier

"Les Granits" Saint Joseph Syrah 2012

Straw color with aromas of stone and tropical fruits. The palate shows peach, lemon with crisp apple and mineral notes. This medium-body wine has good balance with integrated acidity and finishes smooth, a touch nutty on the end. Very Nice! — 6 hours ago

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J. V. Fleury

Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2015

Dark purple in color with a short purple rim.

Light nose of blueberries, currants, plums, oak, licorice, spices, espresso, red candy, cola, vegetables, leather, earth, black tea and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, smoke, tobacco leaf, vegetables, vinaigrette, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee and black pepper.

Long tangy finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a young Syrah from Northern Rhône. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Good by itself or with food. Better after 2 hours of airtime when it shows the tannins.

Still young and needs another 5 to 10 years of additional bottle time.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers, but it was really good with Brie cheese.

100% Syrah grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 6 months.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 8 days ago

Douglas, Dick and 21 others liked this

Domaine du Colombier

Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2011

Vintage 2011 this has developed beautiful: half transparant colour, velvety approach on the tongue. Tremendous good smell of flint, stable and red fruit, vannila and cedar. Peppers, of course a lot of Peppers. Paired with ribeye from the bbq, makes me very happy. — 2 days ago

Amr, "Odedi" and 17 others liked this

Martine & Christian Rouchier

Luc Saint Joseph Syrah 2016

Lyle Fass

Terrific nose. Raspberry coulis, granite and smoke. Feral and floral and a terrific sense of wild. Palate is bright and juicy with lovely mineral grip and granitic lift. Refined and elegant like the best 2016’s. Big structure this time but also top finesse. Best to wait 2-3 years. — 5 days ago

Amr, Tom and 3 others liked this

Domaine Durand (Eric & Joel Durand)

Premices Cornas Syrah 2013

Delicious bargain-basement Cornas. Intense granitic minerality, overlaying some classic beef blood and dark blackberry scents. Rich in the mouth, with a nice balance of savory minerality and fruit. Nice acidity and integrated tannins. Good length. — 2 days ago

Mark, Dawn and 13 others liked this

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Syrah 2013

Gearing up for the big Rhône trip. This Chave was drinking well for a 2013 but still a little on the young side, began to open up after about 2h in the decanter, still a fantastic wine, supple, elegant, incredible nose. — 5 days ago

Jonathan, Jim and 8 others liked this
Jim McCusker

Jim McCusker

Giddy Up!

Domaine des Rémizières

Cuvée Émilie Hermitage Syrah 1999

Smoky, meaty, peppery, dark fruited Syrah. Barnyard, damp earth and black tea.
On the more modern side of the spectrum in its adolescence, but nowadays, as a grown-up, it’s starting to show a more gentle and nuanced personality.
I do not reach RP/Jeb-scores, but this certainly is a 93 in my book.
— 11 days ago

Billy, Thijs and 6 others liked this

M. Chapoutier

"La Mordorée" Côte-Rôtie Syrah 1991

Beautiful. Sour cherry, damson, soft resolved oak. Some tangy green notes with a lovely haunting depth of fruit. Bacon and black cherry. Not too ripe, rich or anything but very, very balanced. Great stuff. Long and vivid and memorable. — 4 days ago

Keith, Severn and 6 others liked this