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.