- Dom Des Pierres Seches Ardeche Syrah 2014 Product #30927 (In Stock)
A sneaky fine Syrah from Ardeche, the catch-all appellation surrounding the Northern Rhone. Pop and pour and you'll find a juicy, ripe, and very fun bistro red, a wine showing the fruitiness and texture of a good Beaujolais with a touch of Crozes-Hermitage Syrah violet and black fruit. Fresh and fun at first, give this some time in decanter and it takes on weight and loads of meaty, smoky, stony Syrah character emerges to complement the blueberry/blackberry fruit. Either way, it's a lot of wine and loaded with food-friendly character at a very attractive price.
- Dom Des Pierres Seches St Joseph 2014 Product #30928 (In Stock)
Sylvain Gauthier is a young winemaker to watch in the Northern Rhone. Born in Lorraine, trained in Burgundy, and since 2007, making his own wines from Syrah in and around the Northern Rhone. As far as we can tell, Olivier Daubresse is the first to import Sylvain's wines to the US, but the Wine Advocate managed to track down a bottle of the 2013 St Joseph last year and awarded it a very nice 90 point rating.
From the cooler 2014 vintage, this is a ripe but elegant take on St Joseph Syrah, with a nice touch of barrel for complexity and richness. Ripe black berry and plum scents gain complexity from notes of roasted meat, smoked stone, and spicy oak. Plenty of depth and richness here, but no excess weight and outstanding freshness through the long, mouthwatering, lip smacking, finish. Enjoy right now with grilled lamb and keep some to continue to enjoy for another 4-8 years as it gains complexity and earthy depth.