Graillot has changed my perception of Crozes-Hermitage permanently, though I won't forget those that I tried before that were insipid, weak examples. This shows everything I love in Syrah from the peppery, meaty and floral nose down to the palate of medium+ body and acidity, with finely firm tannin that should mellow more with age as this is barely 2 years old.
If you don't know Syrah or feel like you have not "gotten it" yet this is your huckleberry!
#graillot #crozes — 3 years ago
Wow, what a nose. Green bell pepper, black pepper, green olives, salami, and some floral notes. Pours almost black in my glass, a dark dark purplish/ruby color. Incredibly savory on the palate and with great poise - just a little oak, and not much fruit. The kind of wine that feels both rustic and aristocratic, like it should be drank from a golden chalice dotted with precious stones. Some pencil lead and iron-like blood notes join the party as it opens, but the mouthfeel remains sensuous with everything in its right place. With still more time in the glass, surprisingly giving notes of boysenberry jam begin to integrate with the rest of the savory flavors, but without overwhelming them. A masterpiece. — 3 years ago
John Shafer founded Shafer Vineyards, located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley, in 1979. A blend of 89% Syrah & 11% Petite Sirah. Deep vibrant red with full black fruit aromas and smoky pepper spice. On the palate big blackberry flavors with rustic spice, oak and earthy notes. Big backbone fine tannins generous acidity, good balance on lingering finish. A powerhouse that will cellar well. — 2 years ago
Sneaky ripe for an Hermitage. A lot of fruit right out of the gate, but as it warms/breathes...The classic tar, meat and leather starts to emerge. What a wine — 2 years ago