2011 Saint-Joseph Syrah
Old-world Syrah from a super high end producer in the Northern Rhone.
“Wow” nose…tremendous freshness and life. It exudes effusive, Old World aromas of leather, white pepper, raspberry, and earth. On the palate, it displays terrific structure, and continues with notes of kirsch-ey white pepper, raspberry, and barnyard. It has a low alcohol content (12.5%), and is wonderfully balanced. Truly authentic French country wine on the opposite spectrum from the big powerhouse Napa Cabs, but every bit as good if you value balance, complexity, and food-friendliness.
Style: Medium, Smooth
Flavors: Earth, Pepper, Raspberry