Rhône Syrah

François Villard

l'Appel des Sereines Syrah 2019

Textbook Northern Rhone Syrah in a very affordable, drink now package. Bing cherry, currants, light and pleasantly integrated peppercorn and smoke notes, a touch of beef bouillon and soil. Medium bodied, pure textures of finely grained tannin and perfectly integrated acidity. Med+ on the finish. If you have been drinking new world syrah and are hesitant to buy in on a Cote-Rotie, Hermitage or even a Saint-Joseph, this is a nice entry point. — 8 days ago

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Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah 2013

This is a deep ruby wine.

It offers robust notes of leather, anise, black cherry, pipe tobacco, peppercorn, nutmeg, baking spice, and earthiness; it has smooth, well-integrated, and velvety tannins.

100% Syrah 13.5% ABV.
— 7 days ago

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Domaine Jamet

Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2018

Blackberry jam, green and black pepper, olives, salami, violets, lavender, and deliciousness. Develops over 2 hours. Stunningly deep and rich, could age much much longer. — 3 days ago

Ted, Ira and 7 others liked this

Domaine de Fauterie

Les Combaud St. Joseph Syrah 2018

This is going places. Quite elegant even if primary and youthful at nearly four years of age. Muted nose; palate is blackberry & stone, highly mineral, terrific balance & acidity - an elegant arc. Pull one if you must but take my word—this will pay dividends. — 11 days ago

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Domaine du Tunnel (Stéphane Robert)

Cornas Vin Noir Syrah 2017

Lyle Fass

Needed a knock you on your ass so obviously great wine and decided on this. 17 is in a great place as well. Deep nose of blackberry, granite, soil tones, and blueberry. So much but so precise and focused. A lovely pottery studio aroma after air. Palate is ripe and juicy with wonderful precision and freshness and really terrific and succulent fruit. The elegance here is top notch. Beautiful mouthfeel and awesome purity. Such vivid fruit and backed up by terrific granite. Masterful wine. So poised. Let’s see what air does. Maybe it will get better? Long finish that pumps out blackberry on a granite slab. Just awesome. 9.6999. — 10 days ago

Ericsson, Andrew and 13 others liked this

Alain Verset

Cornas Syrah 2015

Was going to get the 2016 given I generally love that vintage across much of Europe but the somm talked me into the 2015 saying it was more open. He was right - this was delicious, and still traditional and “old school” with a restrained 13.5%. Tons of pepper and dark dark fruit with some olive. Very delicious with nice medium acid and a long finish. — 13 days ago

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Thierry Allemand

Chaillot Cornas Syrah 2016

Dark, inky with graphite notes showing dark cherry, berry fruits, lots of spice, olive & violet that is always on the elegant, silky & floral side. My youngest vintage opened of this great wine that will need a few more years in the cellar. — 13 days ago

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Domaine Bernard Gripa

Cuvée Le Berceau St. Joseph Syrah 2009

What a smoke show! Completely different animal than LBT. Density, sinew, complex and savory perfume, length and balance given the ripeness. Open for business for sure. Chewy black cherry, plum, licorice, bacon fat, leather, garrigue, cured meat, tar, wood smoke, lavender pastille. Mouthfulling and rich, warm and heady, there’s some incredibly alluring barrel back notes but it’s deft and integrated. Great use of stems here, just enough to prop the wine up and add layers of spice. — 5 days ago

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Domaine Faury

Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2019

2019 vintage. Fragrant nose of lavender, crushed violets, ripe black plum, gray sea salt and charcoal. Medium body. Initially comes across as pretty and polished vs chunky and rustic but the big tobacco notes on the finish drag it squarely into the center of the ring for now. — a day ago

Aaron, Peter and 11 others liked this

E. Guigal

Ex Voto Hermitage Syrah 2003

Mike R

Absolutely incredible- stunning @David L your thoughts and this was my son’s wedding and this is also my 2,000 posting — 3 days ago

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98 points all day!!!
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Double congratulations. Firstly for your son’s wedding and secondly for your 2000th post!!