2016 Crozes-Hermitage Northern Rhône Valley
The Northern Rhône produces a variety of red and white wines that deliver bold, full-bodied wines.
This lovely wine comes from the largest appellation in the Northern Rhône — Crozes-Hermitage.
“the red wines have a profile unlike anywhere else in the world, an irresistible combination of warm flavors of red and black fruit, exotic spice notes, and certainly in the case of Crozes, with pleasure and approachability in youth.” Vintus.com
What makes this vintage so lovely is that the region experienced an Indian Summer, allowing for more ripe cherry on the palate.
What I loved about this wine was how wonderfully it pairs with food. It is both fresh and woody at the same time.
We enjoyed this wine with Morrocan inspired harissa roasted chicken thighs, potatoes and brussel sprouts.
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2016 Crozes Hermitage
We bought this bottle at Wegmans here in Northern Virginia for around $23.00.
From the Winemaker:
“Crozes-Hermitage can be considered the gateway to the red and white wines of the Northern Rhône Valley. The reds, which are the majority of production, have wonderful warm flavors of red and black fruit, and typical Syrah pepper, spice and savory notes.”
Producer: E. Guigal Chateau D’Ampuis
Region: Northern Rhône
Grape: 100% Syrah
Rating: 91 pts. from James Suckling
Aged: Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged 24 months in oak.
Here’s what we tasted in this bottle
In the Glass: medium violet.
Aromas: pepper, anise, herbs, spice, cherry, black fruit, smoke and wood.
Taste: dry, medium to full body, medium + acidity and medium + tannins.
Pairings: great for dishes with lots of flavor and spices. Would also be nice with charcuterie.
Bottom line: A nice approachable Northern Rhône that’s easy to drink with or without food.