Maison de Vigneron Grenache Syrah 2018 Wine Review

This wine review is of Maison de Vigneron’s 2018 grenache syrah from Vaucluse in the southern Rhône Valley in France. It is a modest wine with fruity aromas of red berries that are true to grenache. The palate is full bodied, unoaked, the acidity low to medium and the tannins soft. The focus is onContinue reading “Maison de Vigneron Grenache Syrah 2018 Wine Review”

Thalvin Alain Graillot Syrocco Syrah 2017

This wine from Morocco proved interesting at multiple levels.  First, it is, well, from Morocco and the wine is in Australia.  Second, as a syrah, it shows some resemblance to a Rhône style wine.   Third, the wine is very good and not just a novelty. The aroma is quite attractive, with plum notes interlacedContinue reading “Thalvin Alain Graillot Syrocco Syrah 2017”

Pepe Mendoza Casa Agricola Alicante 2018

From Alicante in the south of Spain, this is a full bodied, spicey and edgeless blend. The grape varieties are monastrell (mouvèrdre), syrah, alicante bouschét (a red variety that also unusually has red flesh) and giró (a red variety found in Spain and Sardinia). This pleasant wine is ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Website:Continue reading “Pepe Mendoza Casa Agricola Alicante 2018”

Domaine La Roubine La Grange des Briguières Sablet 2017

Sablet is one of the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellations in the southern Rhône Valley in France. This wine from Domaine de la Roubine is a blend of 70% grenache, 25% syrah and 5% cinsault. It has aromas of stalk, rosemary and a green bouquet garnis character. The palate is full bodied, with medium tanninsContinue reading “Domaine La Roubine La Grange des Briguières Sablet 2017”

Cave de Tain Première Note Syrah 2018

I’ve tasted a couple of vintages now of this entry level syrah from the Cave de Tain and the Collines Rodaniennes IGP in the Rhône Valley, France. The 2016 vintage is reviewed here. The 2018 vintage is also of good quality. It has typical syrah aromas of wet rosemary, spice and bouquet garnis. The AustralianContinue reading “Cave de Tain Première Note Syrah 2018”

Yann Chave Le Rouvre Crozes Hermitage 2016

This is an excellent expression of Crozes-Hermitage from Jann Chave in the northern Rhône Valley, one of the region’s stronger producers.  It has cedar and spice aromatics.  The palate reminds of syrah with its pepper and spice character.  Some pastille notes express themselves at intervals.  Overall, this is a very good wine that is enjoyableContinue reading “Yann Chave Le Rouvre Crozes Hermitage 2016”