Saturday, October 31, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - French Red - 2011 Cave de Tain l'Hermitage Crozes-Hermitage Les Nobles Rives

I don't drink a lot of French wines for no other reason than I don't know or read as much about French wine as I do wines from America and Spain. But when I do drink French wines, some of my favs are from Crozes-Hermitage. Syrah based wines that are from very close to where the super-expensive Hermitage wines are made, but available at closer to $20 than $100 or more.

Wine: 2011 Cave de Tain l'Hermitage Crozes-Hermitage Les Nobles Rives

Region: Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
Grape Varieties: Syrah with some Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Marsanne

Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $20
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Clear, dark red, slightly opaque.
Aroma: Red fruit, smoked meat, black pepper.
Taste: A good balance of fruit and savory flavors - nicely balanced, with a long pleasant finish.

The Grade: I give this one an A. Delicious! A wonderful Syrah that would be a great entry point if you are looking to dabble in French wines.  Even if you just like a good Syrah... this is a very nice example for for just $20. Cheers!

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