97% Syrah, 2% Grenache, 1% Mourvèdre
Drinkable upon release (July 2016), 5-8 years ageability
2014 Syrah, “Cuvée Splendide"
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With a (gulp) substantial (97%) percentage of Syrah in the mix, we certainly recognize the contribution of the mostly coolish (global climate change adjusted) climate to the natural acidity and freshness of this wine, as well as to the correctness of varietal expression. Wild plums, blackberries, Griotte cherries and licorice (of course). The tannins are soft and supple, but the wine has so much persistence, there is every indication that it will greatly benefit from cellaring. But for now, this Cuvée will enormously benefit from decantation and the investment in large balloon Burgundy glasses.
Dedicated to producing wines in a more unaffected, hands-off style, this wine was made with Syrah grapes sourced from exceptionally cool climate vineyards, also known for exceptional quality. The grapes from each vineyard were hand harvested, sorted, and fermented individually. The result is an elegant blend of concentrated black fruits, spice, and earth.
For optimal enjoyment, we suggest a gentle decanting, allowing the wine to breathe.
Food Pairing Notes
Excuse me, a lamb chop with a bit of a minty chimichurri is calling my name.