Syrah

M. Chapoutier "Les Clos" 2012
96+ WA In complete contrast to the sexy, flamboyant les Granits, the tiny production 2012 Saint Joseph le Clos (which comes from a vineyard just a couple kilometers from the les Granits) is firm, tight and structured, with edgy notes of cassis,...
$85.00
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Guigal La Mouline 2013
Guigal La Mouline 2013
94-97 WA  The 2013 Côte Rôtie La Mouline is a wine that reminds Marcel Guigal of the 2006. It offers a terrific perfume of spiced red and black fruits, violets, lots of minerality and even a hint of damp forest floor to go with a...
$289.00
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M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" 2014
96-98 WA  Both the Pavillon and l’Ermite see a touch more new oak, with the wine aged 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels. The 2014 Ermitage le Pavillon will without a doubt be one of the top two to three wines in the vintage; it...
$219.00
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Vieilles Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Magnum 2007
95 WA- A beautiful wine that's just now hitting maturity, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Jean-Paul Daumen is still ruby colored to the rim and offers up a classic bouquet of black raspberries, black licorice, fruit cake, garrigue and roasted...
$165.00
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Delas La Landonne Côte-Rôtie 2010
98 WA-Up with some of the greatest Cote Roties out there is Delas's 2010 Cote Rotie la Landonne. Revealing an inky purple color as well as an incredible perfume of spring flowers, violets, black raspberries, graphite and Asian spice, it has drop-dead...
$184.00
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Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015
90-92  WA The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape has terrific richness and medium to full-bodied weight, with ample notes of strawberries, kirsch, garrigue and dried flowers. Luxuriously textured, with sweet tannin, this beauty will have two...
$49.00
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Pierre Usseglio et Fils Réserve des Deux Frères 2015
95-97 WA - The deeper, richer 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve des Deux Freres is 100% Grenache that’s aging in 60% new and once-used barrels. Inky colored, full-bodied, massively concentrated and layered, it has a modern slant,...
$119.00
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Clos Des Papes 2012
Clos Des Papes 2012
96 WA- Leading off the reds in the retrospective, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape hit a whopping 15.7% natural alcohol, yet doesn't show a trace of heat in its gorgeous bouquet of kirsch liqueur, blackberries, Asian spice, cured meats and garrigue...
$92.99
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Domaine Courbis Saint-Joseph 2013
91 WA - The inky colored 2013 St Joseph is another incredibly high quality wine from this estate, who seems to deliver the goods in just about every vintage. Black cherries, currants, bay leaf, pepper and ample minerality emerge from this medium-bodied,...
$24.90
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Domaine Courbis Champelrose 2010
Domaine Courbis Champelrose 2010
94+ WA - The 2010 Cornas Champelrose exhibits a black/purple color along with a floral note, and a terrific, full-bodied texture with gorgeous ripeness, purity and expansiveness. This savory, full-throttle, compelling Cornas will benefit from 2-3 years...
$50.00
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Guigal Vignes de L'Hospice 2005
96WA Reminiscent of the 2010, yet more detailed and focused, the 2005 Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospice boasts fabulous creme de cassis, blackberry, licorice, burning ember and smoke to go with a full-bodied, serious, backward, concentrated and...
$105.00
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Guigal La Mouline 2010
100WA As to three single parcel releases, I reviewed the 2010 Cote Rotie La Mouline earlier this year, but was more than happy to taste it again (lucky me) for this report. Incorporating a full 11% of Viognier and coming from the steep, terraced...
$520.00
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Guigal La Landonne 2010
100WA A wine that's certainly not for those seeking instant gratification, the 2010 Cote Rotie la Landonne is a powerhouse Cote Rotie that offers up deep, masculine notes of crushed rocks, smoked meats, game, espresso and assorted dark cassis and...
$520.00
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Guigal La Landonne 1998
100WA The 1998 Cote Rotie La Landonne is a perfect wine ... at least for my palate. Its saturated black/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary nose of smoke, incense, tapenade, creosote, blackberry, and currant aromas. It is densely packed...
$570.00
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Domaine de la Solitude "Reserve Secrete" 2009
96pts WA- A blend of roughly 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah that was brought up in 60% new barrels, the sensational 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete is a big, concentrated bruiser whose inky purple color is followed by tons of jammy...
$140.00
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Domaine de la Solitude Réserve Secrète 2007
99 WA-An utterly heavenly beauty is the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete, which in 2007 is a blend of 55% Syrah and 45% Grenache. Despite the high percentage of Syrah, you wouldn’t know it from tasting this beauty, and it offers a...
$155.00
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Domaine de la Solitude Réserve Secrète 2004
94 WA. The 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete (65% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre) is about as good as it gets in 2004. Ripe, sexy, full-bodied, meaty, and yet always light on its feet and graceful, it offers lots of incense, fig,...
$110.00
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Domaine de la Solitude Réserve Secrète 2006
94 WA- Made from 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, the classic 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete is a full-bodied, concentrated, tannic and almost austere wine that has lots of graphite, asphalt, licorice and chocolate aromas and...
$160.00
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Domaine Le Couroulou "Vieilles Vignes" 2013
91pts Vinous- Vivid ruby. Complex aromas of ripe red berries, incense and smoky minerals, and a suave floral nuance in the background. In a supple, fruit-driven style, offering intense raspberry liqueur and floral pastille flavors and a spicecake...
$30.00
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Domaine de la Charbonniere "Vieilles Vignes" 2010 Magnum
95 pts WA:Another sensational wine is the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes. Coming all from the famed la Crau lieu-dit, its notes of cassis, licorice, mint and crushed rock lead to a full-bodied, structured, tannic, yet concentrated 2010...
$99.00
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Pierre Usseglio Réserve des Deux Frères 2005
98 WA-Lastly, the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres is a more blockbuster-styled effort that has overflowing notes of black fruits, licorice, roasted meats, truffle and peppery herbs. Made from 100% Grenache that saw time in 1-, 2-,...
$129.00
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Domaine de la Solitude Réserve Secrète 2005
94 WA- Made from 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, the classic 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete is a full-bodied, concentrated, tannic and almost austere wine that has lots of graphite, asphalt, licorice and chocolate aromas and...
$130.00
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Clos Saint Jean 2010
93+pts WA- the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape has rocking mid-palate depth and length on the palate. Giving up ample dark fruit, kirsch, pepper, leather and big minerality, this beauty will see its 15th birthday in fine form. 
$40.00
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M. Chapoutier "Hermitage Les Greffieux" 2005
95pts WS-"Ripe and very fresh, with bright floral, licorice snap and cassis bush notes leading the way for plum sauce, blackberry and raspberry fruit flavors. The long, taut finish shows the fine structure of the vintage. Best from 2010 through 2025. 139...
$150.00
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Les Darons 2015
91-93pts WA-“What looks like another great vintage here, the 2015 AOP Languedoc les Darons is made from 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Carignan; grapes were completely destemmed, and fermented and aged all in concrete tanks. It sees absolutely no...
$11.99
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Ogier "La Belle Hélène" 2009
100pts WA-“The 2009 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene is another perfect wine. Made in a completely different style than the more structured, mineral-laced 2010, the 2009 is a flamboyant, exuberant effort with nearly over-the-top ripeness and fruit...
$375.00
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Mouriesse Vinum "Pierre d’Ambre" 2012
93 WA - The Grenache-dominated (incorporates 10% Syrah) 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Pierre d’Ambre is also superb. Inky-colored, seriously polished and elegant, with fabulous, fine, silky tannin in its full-bodied profile, it offers blockbuster...
$38.99
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Guigal "Ex Voto" 2005
98+pts WA Made in the style of the 2010, the massive 2005 Hermitage Ex Voto offers searing minerality and crushed-rock nuances as well as tons of black raspberries, licorice, toasted spice and charcoal. Full-bodied, incredibly concentrated, with a wall...
$244.99
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Clos Des Papes Magnum 2010
99pts+ WA-“Mind blowing stuff, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is most likely the greatest wine ever from this estate. Still inky colored, it has a powerful, slightly backward feel in its crushed rocks, cassis, kirsch, toasted spice, licorice and...
$325.00
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Clos Des Papes 2007
100pts WA- One of the great vintages from this estate, surpassing even the 1990, 2000, 2001, 2003, and maybe the 2010 (time will tell with this one), the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Vincent Avril delivers everything you could want from a wine...
$169.00
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Horsepower "The Tribe" 2014
96pts WA- In the same ballpark as the Sur Echalas Vineyard release, the 2014 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard gives up lots of minerality and gunpowder-like characteristics, as well as red fruits, pepper, and violets aromas and flavors. On the fuller side...
$168.99
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Vincent Paris "Granit 60" 2012
95pts WA-There’s 5,000 bottles of the sensational 2012 Cornas Granit 60 Vielles Vignes. Completely destemmed and aged 18 months in 2- to 8-year-old barrels, its purple/black color is followed by an incredible nose of black raspberry, kirsch,...
$49.99
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M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" 2005
100pts WA “My favorite of the 2005s from Chapoutier, the 2005 Ermitage Le Pavillon is a heavenly wine that comes from one of the greatest sites for Syrah in the world, the steep, granite-dominated hillside of les Bessards. Getting a bevy of...
$235.00
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