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August Clape’s 2013 Le Vin des Amis


August Clape’s Le Vin des Amis is a great introduction to traditionally made Northern Rhone Syrah.  The fruit is sourced from the plain near the Rhône and very young Cornas vines. The wine itself is vinified similar to the Cornas and sometimes a bit of press wine from Cornas is added as well.  The result is a wine that always smells and tastes like nothing else.  Unfortunately, the 2013 vintage in the Northern Rhone saw significantly reduced yields, which means this wine is essentially all but sold out.  That is a shame for this vintage is ready to drink now.  Do not worry about scores or ageability, you should drink Le Vin des Amis for the experience.  This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2013 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%.  The wine was immediately aromatic with sweet, old-school floral aromas that were straight up exotic. In the mouth were very approachable flavors that followed the nose.  It was enjoyable odd in a way, the old-school flavors clearly exceeding my ability to describe them.  Some chewy, structure developed with air along with juicy acidity.  There was an expansive finish with drier flavors of polished wood before the persistent aftertaste.  Refreshing as well.  *** Now-2019.

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