Cave de Tain (co-op), Grand Classique, AOP Hermitage, Drome, France, 2010
This wine: lot no. L12241, varietal syrah, coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, ex-producer, €29.60 (06/16)
Last tasted 11/11/16.
Consumer tasting note: deep ruby in colour, with aromas of black cherry and berry, with a rich creamy lactic edge, lightly savoury with hints of toast and beeswax, then black olive and liquorice; medium bodied with flavours of black berry boiled sweets, rich back cherry, liquorice and a touch of leaf humus. Finishes medium-long. Decant for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [and a small quantity of coarse looking sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of ripe black cherry with a creamy lactic edge, spicy, hint of toast, lightly savoury, beeswax, hint of fatty raw steak, stewed black berry, black olive, black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of black berry boiled sweets, black cherry, beeswax, black liquorice, a savoury edge, leaf humus. A medium (+) length with a clean black berry and cherry finish, edged with savoury and bees-wax notes, with a moderate grip.
Quality: very good, well-balanced fresh acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, altogether harmonious; a sound intensity throughout, with similar concentration; showing moderate complexity, with evidence of time in well-integrated wood, with notes of spice and toast, and in bottle, with meaty, waxy, savoury and stewed fruit notes; finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for ageing over say 2-4 years – a sound structure and balance, good concentration and length, with fruit to work with, having already embarked on the development of a tertiary dimension.