Syrah And Mourvèdre

This weekend we thought we’d show off our collection of Syrah,  Mourvèdre, and a few wines that have a good dose of both in the blend.

Syrah

2017 Domaine Gassier, Fleur de Syrah  $14
90% Syrah, 5% Grenache, 5% Carignan
Hints of anise and roasted meat accent ripe black plum and cassis in this Syrah amplified by 5% each of Grenache and Carignan. Full-bodied and plump in mouthfeel, it finishes on fine-grained tannins and a whisper of char. It’s an approachably fruity but elegant wine for every day.

2017 Charles Helfenbein La Syrah    $15
An affordable Northern Rhone Syrah.  “La Syrah” is worthy of such a proclamation. Medium-bodied but bursting with black berries, campfire smoke and savory nuances.

2016 Alcesti Admeto Syrah $15
This Sicilian Syrah has a rich and mellow bouquet and notes of wild berries in perfect harmony with spicy hints of black pepper and balsamic notes. It has a generous flavor, with a pleasant tannic, velvety and persistent sensation.

2016 Gray Syrah  $17
This 100% Syrah with fruit from the famed Den Hoed Vineyard, was crafted by Kerloo Cellars Winemaker Ryan Crane. It full of dark dry fruit with a bit of earth and spice.

2016 Jean-Luc Colombo Les Collenes de Laure  $20
Syrah
Ruby, light in color. Expressive nose of red fruits and spices. Fresh, round, tannins, good balance. Manual harvest. Perfect as an aperitif, accompaniment of tapas and sliced meats, or on a meal off the grill.  Sustainable

2018 Vignerons Propriés Associés Croze-Hermitage  $22
100% Syrah
A cooperative of winemakers with a love of their land, and the willingness to create and sustain quality wines. They farm organically and are certified as «Terras Vitis »  Aromas of black berries, green olives  The palate is of dark intense black cherries, blackberry, green olives with subtle smoked fat notes.  Organic

2016 Casadei  Sogno Mediterraneo  $23
60% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre
A blend of organically farmed Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache, this opens with aromas of dark berry, thyme and cedar. The savory palate delivers mature black currant, clove and a touch of smoke alongside polished tannins.  Organic

2018 Gilbert Cellars Allobroges  $24
37% Syrah, 36% Grenache, 27% Mourvedre
Very floral with pomegranate and bright tropical fruit notes on the nose. The palate is light to medium-bodied with vibrant acidity in the mid-palate that carries thru to the finish. The tannin is rounded out in the attack with just a slight astringency due to the wine’s youthfulness.  Vegan

2016 L’Hermas Terrasses du Larzac Languedoc  $26
55% Syrah, 40% Mourvèdre, 5% Grenache
A full complex wine from the South of France.  The nose has aromas of red fruits and notes of garrigue. The wine has a round feel in the mouth. The soft tannins express themselves on a limestone base. Mature vegetal notes in length.

2016 Locus Strand Vineyard Syrah  $30
This particular vintage from the Strand Vineyard in Naches Heights stands out due to a complexity and delicateness that perfectly demonstrates what a cooler-climate vineyard can do.

2016 Tranche Syrah  $35
Savory aromas of cracked pepper, charcuterie, black olive and sage combine with notes of orange peel, licorice and dark berry fruits. The wine slowly expands across the palate with a dense, silky texture and dark, tarry flavors of blackberry and mesquite. The 2016 Tranche Syrah is a dense and powerful expression of Walla Walla Valley Syrah.  We have a few bottle left of the 2016,  The next vintage goes up to $40

2017 Elephants Seven Yellow Bird Vineyard Syrah  $38
93% Syrah, 7% Viognier
A bright bouquet of lavender, bergamot, and cassia bark. Wet stone, white pepper, and nutmeg accent a core of blueberry and bramble fruit. Expansive and concentrated without overripe fruit and intrusive amounts of new oak. The long, expansive finish is driven by natural tannins and acidity.

2015 Domaine Lionnet Cornas Terre Brulee  $60
Syrah
A big wine from a small organic estate in the Northern Rhone.  Their Cornas is a true classic: firm, sturdy, rigorously tannic, explosively aromatic, complete and satisfying.  Organic

Mourvèdre

2014 Le Galantin Bandol Rouge  $23
95% Mourvèdre, 5% Old-Vine Grenache
This organically-grown wine is a powerhouse of dark berry fruit flavors with a lingering, complex finish.  Smells like the sea and meat. Dark, elegant, structured, and long.  Organic

2016 Domaine Les Adrets Bandol Rouge  $21
95% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan
Les Adrets means “Sunny Side” in French and in practical use refers to a slope soaked by the sunshine. The vineyards that produce Les Adrets sit upon hillsides facing south east, steep enough to require the growers to plant the vines in stone wall terraces called “restanques”. The grapes are from younger vines planted in the five diverse Bandol soil types: rudist limestone, Triassac pebbles, black marl, sandy marl, and red sand. The wine is unmistakably rich, almost burly with deep, ripe fruit and playful, peppery spice.

2016 Château Sainte Anne Bandol  $39
60% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 20% Cinsault
Mourvedre’s brawny muscle is softened up with a litte Grenache and Cinsault in this elegant Bandol.  Lots dark cherry, earth, and spice to go around a well-balanced frame.  Organic

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