tastings

Saturday March 14

Two Sides of Syrah

Yves Cuilleron Syrah ‘Les Candives’ 2018

The domaine Cuilleron was founded in 1920, first bottled wine commercially in 1947 and has been under the ownership and direction of Yves Cuilleron since 1987. The domaine owns vineyards in some of the most famous appellations in the northern Rhône Valley including, Côte-Rôtie, Saint Joseph and Condrieu, as well as vineyards in the Vin de Pays Collines Rhodaniennes. Collines Rhodaniennes is the IGP title for wines from the area that essentially corresponds to the northern Rhône Valley, but not contained within the famous appellations. Les Candives is a special cuvée sourced from the best-positioned Syrah vines in their home village of Chavanay (just outside Saint Joseph). Manual harvest precedes natural winemaking and aging for 8 months in small oak barrels (no new wood), the wine is then bottled unfiltered to preserve the elegant character of this cool-climate terroir and its granite soils. This is first-rate northern Rhône style Syrah, reminiscent of fine Crozes-Hermitage and Saint Joseph at a bargain price. $25

Rio Lindo Syrah 2017

Syrah has become quite popular in Spain over the past 15 years and its vineyard acreage has more than tripled since 2004. The generally warmer climate of Spain means their Syrahs tend to be noticeably more fruit forward and plumper than their French counterparts. Aromas of red berries and spices portend ripe fruit flavors in a very fleshy, full-bodied mouthfeel. The wine’s brawny flavors are balanced by soft tannins and just enough acidity to keep it fresh. Stylistically, I would put this excellent value somewhere between a Paso Robles, CA Syrah and a Shiraz from Australia. $11

10% off any 6 bottles mix and match

Saturday March 28

Biodynamic Châteauneuf-du-Pape

 

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