- Vincent Paris St Joseph Les Cotes 2012 Product #28630 (In Stock)
An outstanding, simply irresistible, example of elegant, pure, Northern Rhone Syrah to enjoy now and over the next 5+ years. Compelling aromas of dark fruit, smoked stone, spice and cracked pepper with a touch of exotic flower. The nicely intense flavors feature sweet and ripe berry - black cherry, crushed raspberry - with perfumy accents of licorice, soy and sweet vanilla. The wine glides across your palate like a fine Burgundy or Oregon Pinot before the silky tannins come up and leave cracked pepper, warm stone, and more exotic floral flavors lingering behind. Perfectly ripe at 12.5% and wonderfully easy to drink despite its complexity and depth.
“Bright purple. Vibrant dark fruits on the nose, with hints of Asian spices and a floral element adding complexity. Deep and sweet but lively and precise as well, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of licorice. Silky tannins build on the long, pliant finish, which leaves smoke and peppery spice notes behind.”International Wine Cellar 90-92 points
- Guigal Crozes Hermitage Rouge 2010 Product #28852 (In Stock)
Always an excellent value in traditionally-styled Northern Rhone Syrah, this really shines in the great 2010 vintage. Try it with lamb!
"Inky ruby. Lively red fruit, incense and floral qualities on the perfumed nose. Pliant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show good depth and energy, with a subtle violet pastille nuance emerging with air. Smoky Indian spices build on the long, focused finish, which is framed by gentle, slow-building tannins. Distinctly different than the denser, darker 2009 bottling of this wine, which I was able to retaste with Philippe. That wine has picked up a smoky, gamey quality over the last year, which adds complexity to its sappy dark fruit flavors; I've seen it being offered for around $20 lately, which makes it an outstanding value."International Wine Cellar 91 points
"A grippy, old-school style, with lots of licorice root and roasted alder weaving around steeped plum and macerated black currant fruit. The grippy but lively acidity is well-buried. Very solid. Drink now through 2016. 25,000 cases made."Wine Spectator 91 points