Jean-Luc Colombo, Le Prieure, AOC/AOP Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhone, France, 2011
The Le Prieure vineyard is sited on granitic terraces in the south of the appellation, with exposure from east towards south, agglomerate cork closure, varietal syrah, 13%, The Clifton Cellars, £18
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of pronounced intensity, developing, with a thick opening aroma of bloody steak, shortly coming around with some aeration and a little time to rich overripe blackcurrant, spice, warm dried berries, stewed black cherry, liquorice, a rich floral note of peony, a hint of violets and the slightest herbaceous edge.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, smooth well-integrated medium tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, medium intensity, with flavours of stewed black cherry, black currant boiled sweets, dried berries and warm liquorice. A medium length with a clean black-fruited moderately grippy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with bright acidity in tune with alcohol and intensity of flavour. A wine with modest intensity in mid-palate, decent but not great concentration, but quite complex. The nose unfolds rapidly and the palate a little later, showing well-formed tertiary notes of spice and liquorice – this wine has seen maturation in not new oak. The length is much shorter than the aromatic and flavor intensities would suggest.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: this wine is ready to drink now. It is well evolved, still has fruit, but the length suggests that it may deteriorate rather than improve, in conclusion it will not improve with further cellaring, but has the acidity and balance to hold for a year, two at most.