Even better than the La Matiniere cuvée, the 2015 Crozes Hermitage Les Calendes (100% Syrah, destemmed and aged in concrete) offers lots of graphite and minerality, as well as full-bodied richness, a thick, unctuous texture, present tannin and a great finish. Again, the value here is about as good as it gets. At the moment, all of the Crozes Hermitage releases share a lot of similarities, but I’m sure they’ll show more singular characters with additional time in barrel. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines I’ve tasted from this team. (JD)
Bright ruby. Assertively perfumed aromas of raspberry, cherry pit, licorice and woodsmoke, lifted by a spicy hint of white pepper. Sappy and expansive in the mouth, offering ripe red and dark berry and violet pastille flavors that put on weight with air. The lively, smoke-tinged, persistent finish shows resonating spiciness, sneaky tannins and a whiplash of sweet red fruit.
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2015 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Les Hautes Brusquieres - Cuvèe Speciale" (Pre-Arrival)