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2011 Northern Rhone Syrah from Clape and Faury


It was great fun to taste these two “table wines” from the great producers Domaine A. Clape and Domaine Faury.  Both of these wines are imported by Kermit Lynch.  The Clape, Le Vin des Amis drank incredibly well right out of the bottle.  With both a beautiful nose and mouth I would not hesitate to drink this right now.  The Faury, Syrah took until the second night to develop the nose and flavors.  While it will require cellaring to reach its full potential, I believe it will not quite reach the heights of the Clape, Le Vin des Amis.  The Clape, Le Vin des Amis is more forward and giving but maintains a density of flavors perhaps due to the significantly older vines.  The Faury, Syrah is firmer and smokey but without the same depth.  They are both good wines but I would spend the extra $ for the Clape, Le Vin des Amis.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2011 Domaine A. Clape, Le Vin des Amis – $30
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from 40-year-old vines on soils of round river stones.  It was fermented with indigenous yeasts in cement tanks then underwent malolactic fermentation and aging for 6 months in cement cuves and 6 months in foudres.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The color is a medium purple ruby.  The light+ nose is aromatic with fruit and potpourri, while subdued on the second night it was more lifted.  The mouth follows the nose with floral fruit and potpourri which initially expands in the mouth.  Minerally black fruit comes out leaving fine, ripe powdery texture on the tongue and lips.  There are very fine, spiced tannins which show good balance and integration with the acidity.  On the second night, a subtle tannic structure came out.  *** Now-2017.

2011 Domaine Faury, Syrah, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes – $20
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from vines planted between 1995 and 2007 on granite soils.  The wine is aged 7-8 months in 7-20 year old demi-muids.  Alcohol 13%.  The color was medium purple ruby.  The light to medium strength nose revealed sweet, floral fruit.  The flavors start off a touch tart in the mouth the fruit then become lighter towards the middle then tangy in the finish.  There are smokey notes in the mouth along with firmer, floral black fruit. It takes on a little lipstick quality in the aftertaste.  This smelled and tasted better on the second night but the flavors seemed more fleeting.  **(*) 2015-2019.

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  1. December 10, 2013 at 8:10 am

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