Crozes-Hermitage 2010 Domaine Des Grands Chemins, Delas Freres
This is a small production, single estate Syrah from the Northern Rhone Valley. All the vineyard plots in this estate lie on benches known as "le Chassis," formed at the junction between the rivers Isère and Rhône. Grapes for this wine are hand-picked, plot by plot, at maximum levels of ripeness. Winemaking is traditional, with fermentation in open concrete tanks. Aging takes place over a 14-month period, partly in tanks and partly in small Burgundian barrels. Robert Parker scored it 91 points saying "The dense purple-colored 2010 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins offers abundant meaty, smoky, tapenade, creme de cassis and bay leaf notes as well as exceptional intensity and full-bodied power. It can be drunk early in life or cellared for 10-15 years."