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 13/01/18
Consumer tasting note: a deep ruby hue, with quite complex aromas of black cherry edged with vanilla pod and a certain creaminess, red plum jam, and black liquorice which starts to build after 30 minutes or so; medium-full bodied, smooth, with rich ripe black fruit flavours – cherry, berry and currant, with a touch of baked red plum, cedar and liquorice. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD, but will keep – Wait. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a small quantity of soft sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of warm vanilla pod, black cherry with a lactic edge, lightly spicy, sweet oak and cedar, red plum jam, beeswax, lightly savoury, hint of toast, black liquorice, leaf humus, a meaty-fatty nuance.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of ripe black cherry, more delicate black berry, richer blackcurrant boiled sweets, baked red plum, hint of beeswax, lightly savoury, touch of cedar, black liquorice. A long length, with a clean black cherry-red plum jam edged finish, lightly savoury and cedary on the end, with a moderate grip.
Quality: very good, well-balanced acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, suiting the rich flavour intensity and slightly lesser concentration; showing better than moderate complexity, with evidence of MLF (lactic edge), time in well-integrated wood (cedar, oak, spice, toast) and in bottle (beeswax, meaty, savoury). Finishes long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing, over say 2-4 years – a sound balance and acid-tannin structure, already in tertiary development territory, with fruit to work with.