Lot 392 | 2011 France

Syrah

Old-world Syrah from a super high end producer in the Northern Rhone.

$25.00

(8 Reviews)

Discounted shipping on 12 bottles. Free shipping on 24 or more.

Lot 392 2011 Saint-Joseph (France) Syrah

Lot 392 | 2011 France

Syrah

$25.00

(8 Reviews)

Discounted shipping on 12 bottles. Free shipping on 24 or more.

Wine Details

“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.

  • Vintage
  • 2011
  • Appellation
  • France
  • Grape
  • Syrah 100%
  • Alcohol by Volume
  • 12.5%
  • Cases Produced
  • 200 Cases
  • Drink/hold
  • Now through 2022
  • Release Email
Cam Confidential

This is one of those super small-Lot, uber wine-geeky finds from our connections in the Northern Rhone. Sourced from a very high end producer and sold under its original label for about $60-70, we couldn't pass up this opportunity when it came our way. A real candidate for your cellar, and definitely something to pick up if you're a fan of our Crozes Hermitage offerings or our Côte de Nuits-Villages from Burgundy.

Reviews

8 Reviews Total

PK

Verified Purchase

good change from the regular napa cabs... good for a change not my favorite though.

David

Verified Purchase

I love Rhone wines, north and south, and generally like Rhone style wines made elsewhere. This Syrah from St. Joseph surprised me a little because I would have guessed it was from California and not France. Not very much like a northern Rhone, stylistically, but very good nonetheless.

Craig

Verified Purchase

Elegant. Complex. Funky. Definitely an old world wine and a nice change of pace from the big California cab. I do detect barnyard on the nose and I like it. I can see how this can be a divisive wine, but if you are looking for something different and unique, this is for you.

Dick

Verified Purchase

Because we had just returned from the northern Rhone and had tasted a few St Josephs and there was a 30% or so off sale! I bought a half dozen bottles without reading Cam's notes about the barnyard nose which he seemed to think was a good thing. The first bottle I almost dumped after the first whiff/taste but after aeration and a couple hours the offensive odor dissipated leaving a fairly nice Syrah. Interestingly, the next 2 bottles opened a few weeks later yielded almost none of this odor though I did immediately pour it through the aerator upon opening and it tasted nice though not as good as a 2011 St Joseph I had bought at the source for 2-3 times the price (but without the barnyard). If the next 3 bottles which I plan to wait 6-12 months to open are without the barnyard, I will consider the purchase well worth it. I should mention that not all can detect this barnyard odor - my wife for example cannot detect it on this or a couple other wines we have had over the years.

beginner

Verified Purchase

I know absolutely nothing about wine but got in on a sale from a while back. This was the only bottle I opened so far but from this layperson's opinion, it tastes pretty good! I've run into some bad reds before that were overly bitter or harsh. This one was smooth and quite palatable.

Paul

Verified Purchase

I ordered this about 2-1/2 months ago. Opened the first bottle tonight. It was chilled to 52 degrees. I love it. Wonderful smooth taste. Cannot understand how other reviewer gave it 2 stars and "barnyard taste". Maybe it has to sit awhile after shipping. To my taste this is a great wine.

Tahoen4u

Verified Purchase

I love a good Syrah but this one is not going to be on my list for a long time. Unfortunately/fortunately I bought 3 bottles maybe I can put two away for a while. I am not sure I would serve it to guests because of the strong "barnyardy" according to review. I am hoping to stick it away and see if it improves.

Metz

Verified Purchase

Just received several bottles today....top notch Syrah. Easily a 75-85 dollar bottle from Paso Robles. Deep rich color with great tails. Get some while it lasts!