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Delas Les Launes Crozes-Hermitage 2000

October 3, 2007

crozes.jpg ~18US Northern Rhone Crozes-Hermitage – 100% Syrah

I found this Crozes-Hermitage on the bottom shelf at a nice wine shop while visiting my parents. Deep, opaque red, with a bricky fringe. The nose evolved over 3+ hours – through spicy, raspberry, and gamey (smoked wild boar?) aromas. On the palate – a warm-hearted and sturdy wine, well-built with firm tannins and soft acidity. Definitely a Syrah. The earthy- meaty flavors hit the palate before the fruit, with an old-world balance. Fairly interesting after opening up, and a fair match for grilled meats, but just not terribly exciting.

A solid, full-bodied Syrah with gamey notes; a great foil to try against the big Barossa and McLaren beasts from Oz.

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