Made from 25-year-old vines planted on loess and red granitic soils. 100% Syrah.
Wine was bottled in September 2016.
Deep ruby red color.
The wine has plenty to offer with red and black fruit aromas, as well as a good minerality.
The finish is long, clean and juicy and offers some white pepper spiciness typical of the best Crozes-Hermitage.
|Vintage:||2015||Grape Varietals:||100% Syrah||ABV:||13%|
|Aging:||Aged for 12-15 months in neutral French Oak Barrels.|
Soil type is red brittle granite and white soil.
Hand harvested in small crates. The grapes are then pumped into tanks (full cluster, not destemmed).
It will stay in this tank for 15 days for the skin contact maceration and the Alcoholic fermentation.
They will also use the "rack and return" technique (delestage).
Then the wine is transfered into neutral French Oak barrels where the wine will complete the Malo-Lactic fermentation.
Delicious with grilled red meat and most cheeses.
|Item number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|F0EE447002SYL||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 02164 2||1 07 84585 02164 9||$26.95|
"While medium-bodied in frame, this densely packed Syrah heaves with luscious, almost pulpy, black-cherry and blueberry flavors. Its rounded, fleshy nature is amplified by sunny acidity and smooth, gentle tannins, but bright streaks of violet and crushed granite invigorate the midpalate. It's ready to drink now but should hold through 2026. Anna Lee C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (July 2019), 91 pts
"A big step up in quality (for not much step up in price), the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage La Rochette comes from slightly more granite soils and spent 12-15 months in neutral barrels. It has beautiful purity of fruit as well as classic notes of ripe black fruits, bloody meat, saddle leather, peppery herbs, and some telltale minerality. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and textured, it’s a rock star of a Crozes Hermitage to drink over the coming decade or so."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 93 pts
"Hints of charcuterie and smoke lend flair and elegance to pristine blackberry and black cherries on the palate here. It's a full-bodied but freshly balanced wine with firm, taut tannins. The finish lingers on delicate spice and mineral tones. It should improve through 2025 and hold further. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (September 2018), 92 pts
"(made with whole clusters and fermented and aged in neutral oak barrels) Lurid ruby. Smoke-accented dark berry and floral scents, joined in the glass by cracked pepper, camphor and allspice nuances. Sappy and sharply focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry, cassis and licorice flavors that deepen and unfurl slowly on the back half. Nicely concentrated yet lithe, showing excellent clarity and youthful tannic grip on a long, spice-driven finish. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (July 2017), 91 pts