Synopsis, Our Opinion: An OUTSTANDING value Rhône Valley Syrah.
Producer/Winery: Lionel Faury; Chavanay, France.
Grape Variety: Syrah.
Geographic Appellation: Collines Rhodaniennes; Northern Rhone Valley, France.
Price: $19.80 (with a 10% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Lamb stew with carrots and onions, flavored with garlic and rosemary, peas with mint and garlic mashed potatoes.
He said: Opened and decanted for one hour before drinking. Opaque, dark purple/ruby color with a light ruby rim. Cinnamon sticks, baked apple, mushrooms and dark fruit aromas. Smooth, peppery mouth-feel, blueberry, current and plum flavors with a dry, dusty and POWERFUL finish loaded with structured tannins, fresh acidity and a long lingering tartness. More than a little bawdy and racy, but a “perfect” pairing with the very strong flavors of the lamb stew. Even with the decanting the wine improved with each pour and developed leather scents. An OUTSTANDING value Rhône Valley Syrah…the wine really made the dinner special!!!
She said: Opaque, dark ruby red color, lots of thin irregularly spaced, rapidly moving legs. The light aroma did not prepare the mouth for the rich flavors that followed. The mouth-feel featured a full-body, lively acidity and tannins that burst forth early and lasted into the long flavorful finish. The wine was delicious with a lamb stew and a sure buy-again wine at only $19.80.
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
UPC Code: 7 61503 64465 7
Imported by: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant; Berkeley, California.
Photo from Apéro.