Closing out the 28th virtual tasting session was this stunning Syrah from the Northern Rhone. Opaque- deep purple in color it revealed a rich nose of game, licorice, iodine, anise, blood/iron, boysenberry, very dark fruit compote with a medicinal note as well as an image of really black blackberries. The palate was smooth. Dry with low acidity and fine-grained medium (+) tannins that led to flavors of meat, cinnamon, caramel, blackberry coulis, iodine, charred oak and iron. This full bodied wine finished with a medium length burst of delicious, complex flavors. It tied at 19 points on our scale as my WOTN and garners 94 points. For $60 this stunner is a 5 star treat wine to be drunk till 2039. I would pair it with grilled Hangar steak slathered in a Roquefort sauce. Salut….
The 28th episode of our virtual wine tasting group kicked off last night with this Viognier from the Northern Rhone appellation of Condrieu. We tasted it at room temp first, followed by a chilled version. Medium straw colored this 15% ABV wine had a beautiful sheen to it in the glass. The nose was interesting- honeysuckle, pineapple, apricot, pear, nutmeg, honeycomb and a burnt smell plus the sensation it was going to be waxy. On the palate it was dry with low acidity. I noted it was very smooth, others remarked that it was waxy. Full bodied the main fruit note we got was a lingering apricot note and some buttery components. The finish was long. I gave it 18 points on our grading scale.
The chilled version had aromas of brioche, citrus, honeydew and pear. The palate was waxy and we got a bitter citrus pith note alongside apricot , pineapple, butter and brioche. The finish seemed a bit shorter in length for some reason. It thought I was going to prefer the chilled version, but alas- 15 points did not tilt me. Once again the room temperature version of a white wine was the preferred serving for the majority.
Overall I liked this wine and would give it 92 points but at $50, it’s only a 4 star wine IMO. We discussed pairings- white fish with perhaps a cream sauce would work well. Drink now. Salut….