About the Wine
Crozes-Hermitage, is a budget friendly and delicious wine from the Northern Rhône. It is one of the largest wine appellations in that region. The history of Crozes-Hermitage dates back to the 1700s. By the end of the 1800s, Crozes-Hermitage wines were considered the third most expensive wines in the Northern Rhône Valley. Syrah is the main red grape variety but a maximum of 15% combined of Marsanne and Roussanne are allowed in the blend. Crozes-Hermitage Rouge is tender, elegant, balanced and a pleasure to drink. Usually it is dark ruby red in color with a subtle blue hue. On the nose, it often displays delicate red and purple floral aromas with red and black fruits and blueberry notes. This region’s Syrah is also often marked by savoriness showing characteristics like cured meat and olives. This bottle is 100% Syrah.
Opening notes of bay leaf, thyme and bramble lend a prominent herbal quality to this wine that dissipates with aeration to reveal bristling blackberry and raspberry flavors. Voluptuous and rounded on the palate yet accented by a zesty acidic spine, it’s a softly tannic, warming red that’s at peak now through 2028.
This wine matches perfectly with roast guinea fowl, tender roast beef or cow cheese.
The Wine Down
This 2018 Crozes Hermitage is medium-bodied with a lively profile, good acidity, and a clean finish. It is ready to drink now but suitable for aging. You can hold your 2018’s or another 6-7 years.