Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - French Rhone Red - 2011 Michel Gassier Syrah Les Piliers

Today we'll be trying a Syrah wine from the Southern Rhone.  This bottle is not labeled as a "Rhone" wine, but rather as simply a Vin Rouge although the grapes are grown in Costières de Nîmes, the southernmost AOC of the Rhône.

Wine: 2011 Michel Gassier Syrah Les Piliers
Region: Southern Rhone, France
Grape Varieties: Syrah
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $15
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Wine is clear, dark purple with a pink rim.
Aroma: Black cherries, pepper, something a bit floral, and a hint of smokiness/raw bacon aroma.
Taste: Nice and fruity with a good level of acidity and a nice long finish.

The Grade: I give this one an A. A very reasonable price for a delicious Rhone wine - although if you were looking for Rhone you might pass this one by because of the labeling with the grape variety. Syrah is one of my favorite grapes, especially when the smokey/bacon characteristic is coaxed out.  Don't worry - it doesn't actually take like bacon (although I'd definitely try a wine that did!), but I'd say it does taste as good as bacon!

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