A juicy, tasty red from Robertson, South Africa. It shows loads of dark fruit on the palate with cassis and a touch of smoke on the finish. The tannins are eager to please – in fact, this wine just won’t let you down in general. Friendly and approachable.
The vineyard: Perrin Réserve Rouge is sourced in our own vineyards of Grand Prebois (40 hectares/99 acres) and Vinsobres (45 hectares/111 acres), as well as from vineyards that we lease and from purchased grapes and wines from producers under long-term contracts. All these plots are managed and supervised by the Beaucastel team.
Grape varieties: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvédre.
Tasting notes: A beautiful deep red hue that seems almost opaque. The nose shows caramel and spices that mingle with red berry fruit. The palate is full and deep, with fine tannins and good length.
A brilliant estate in the Lebanon, a joint venture between Ramzi & Sami Ghosn, Daniel & Frédéric Brunier (Vieux Télégraphe) and Dominique Hébrard (ex Cheval Blanc). Having survived the war between Israel and hezbollah in 2006, Massaya celebrated their 10th anniversary midst more warring in 2008. The Tanaïl/Massaya vineyards are located at an altitude of 1000 metres above sea level in the fertile Bekaa Valley where the slopes are protected by Mount Lebanon and the Anti-Lebanon mountains. Free of frost and diseases, the Bekaa Valley enjoys a unique climate with long gentle summers, wet winters and an average temperature of 25 degrees – perfect for viticulture. Daniel and Frédéric Brunier have introduced a showpiece winery copied from Vieux Télégraphe and Les Pallières in Gigondas – alternate small wooden and concrete vats, all designed by the same winery architect. The winery is uniquely situated in the middle of their vineyards. The wines offer a wonderful mix of the Rhône, Bordeaux and the spice of the Levant.
The wine’s aromas are rich yet very elegant with morello cherry, cassis and spice to the fore. On the palate it is concentrated and ripe, with plenty of perfumed, parma-violet character, fine tannins and an excellent length.
Toasted wood and vanilla provide the back notes to a complex nose of black cherry and plum with hints of peppercorn. Lush, dark fruit on the palate with nuances of baking spice, clove and leather lead to a long finish of sweet vanilla with fine, balanced tannins.
Bob Lindquist made 17,000 cases of this vibrant syrah, a wine that can play in the big leagues without the usual price to match. It runs on cool spice, a peppery spark against a quiet rumble of chocolate. The texture is light, striking a balance that will work with braised pork.
The wine begins with a deep eggplant center surrounded by a lively magenta collar. An authentic cool climate personality emits aromas of ripe blackberries, green olives and graphite. The silky texture of this Syrah is elaborated with flavors of cherry kirsch, bright currants and teriyaki. A sturdy structure and tight tannins are followed by an incredibly exciting finish filled with savory black pepper and fruit lingering long after the sip is swallowed.
The 2011 Syrah Las Colinas is very closed in on itself, most likely because of its recent bottling. Today, it is the wine’s fruit that comes through most clearly of all. Although the Colinas appears to have excellent potential, it also clearly needs time. Based on how previous vintages have blossomed, I would say another 2-3 years is optimal. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2026.
Score: 92+. —Antonio Galloni, April 2013.
A Unique Blend of Zinfandel, Syrah & Petit Syrah Wine…
From the guys who brought your daughter home late comes the fourth release of Sexual Chocolate Wine! Made in Napa, Sexual Chocolate is a true California wine, blending old vine Zinfandel from Napa with northern California Syrah and Petit Syrah. The Zinfandel presents a rich, warm feel that could be confused with biting into a chocolate covered cherry, while the Syrah adds a finish that does not linger after the party is over. The Petit is blended perfectly to display aromatics of magic and love. Sexual Chocolate pairs well with late nights, friends, and a second bottle of Sexual Chocolate.
This 100% Estate-grown Syrah offers inviting aromas of violet and raspberry with a hint of pepper and orange zest. On the palate the wine is full and rich and loaded with concentrated blackberry and almond paste flavors that linger on a juicy finish. Enjoy this Nina Lee Syrah now or cellar for future enjoyment.
93 Points The Wine Advocate