Old-vine Crozes-Hermitage from Etienne Becheras
Crozes-Hermitage can offer a grapey, more approachable, and more affordable example of Northern Rhone Syrah. The 2013 Etienne Becheras, Le Prieuré d’Arras, Crozes-Hermitage is an exception for it steps up the level of fruit without losing typicity of the region. It drinks well over two nights providing an attractive balance of fruit, acidity, and structure that you will not mistake for any other area. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2013 Etienne Becheras, Le Prieuré d’Arras, Crozes-Hermitage – $25
Imported by Neal Rosenthal. This wine is mostly Syrah from very old vines aged for 18 months in demi-muids. Alcohol 13.5%. There is a fine nose of grapey floral fruit with notes of white pepper. In the mouth is surprisingly ripe black, grapey, floral fruit which is immediately accessible. The watering acidity is perfectly integrated moving the wine towards the more linear, drier, appropriately tannic finish and grapey aftertaste. *** Now – 2021.