Jean-Luc Colombo, Les Vignes Rousses, AOC Crozes-Hermitage, Drôme, France, 2014
This wine: varietal syrah, Diam 3 agglomerate cork closure, 13% abv, widely available, ~£10 (09/16)
Consumer tasting note: a bright fresh red berried nose edged with toast and bees-wax, along with black berry and hints of herbs; medium bodied with a palate of spicy red cherry jam and red currant. Finishes medium. Decant for 20 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of ripe red cherry, spicy red currant, herbal edge, touch of oak, dark glace cherry, black berry, hints of toast and bees-wax.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of bright red cherry jam, red currant, touch of blackberry, hint of bees-wax on the finish. A medium length, with a clean red fruit finish.
Quality: good, well-balanced fresh acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, in keeping with the predominantly bright red fruit profile; showing simple complexity with secondary toasty and spicy notes; decent concentration but a modest length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing – whilst well-balanced, concentration, intensity and length are not there.