Cave de Tain (co-op), Grand Classique, AOP Hermitage, Drome, France, 2010
This wine: varietal syrah, natural cork closure, 13% abv, ex-producer, €29.60 (2016)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of oak, cedar and toast, then black berries, liquorice and dried berries; medium bodied, ripe yet grippy tannins which need a little time to round out, black berries, cedar and oak on the mid-palate, decent length. Needs time, can drink now, but needs an hour’s decanting at least, 4+ hours is better.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears and a small quantity of sediment.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of black and lesser so red fruits, edged with oak, cedar, toasty, leaf humus, stewed red plum, lifted by a floral note, black berry and black cherry, liquorice and smoke, dried currants.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black cherry, black berry, cedar, oak, black cherry boiled sweets, touch of liquorice. A medium (+) length with a ripe black fruit underpinned by a cedar-oak finish, along with a moderate grip.
Quality: a good quality wine (with potential to become very good), tannins are ripe but need a little time to round out and oak time to better integrate; otherwise balanced acidity with alcohol which suit the flavour intensity; showing some complexity and an emerging tertiary dimension with stewed and dried fruit notes, decent concentration leads to the decent length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for ageing over say 3-5 years – the structure needs to resolve and oak effects to better integrate, should improve.