This is a deeply coloured syrah wine from Xavier Gérard in Saint-Joseph in the northern Rhône valley. One sniff however and it is immediately a vin de terroir with its very distinctive aroma of rosemary and spice. The palate is dry, full bodied and made in a ripe and approachable style with mid weight tannins. Good length on the finish completes the picture. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $70.