I was rather excited when I saw a French Syrah right around the $10 mark at a wine shop in Massachusetts this past weekend since they generally tend to be on the pricier side. Cave Saint Desirat combined with Sarras Cellars; the two wineries produce a range of AOC wines in the Rhône. Classified as a Vin de Pays, the grapes were sourced from organically farmed vineyards in both the St. Joseph region and those right on the boundary with the Vin de Pays d’Ardèche classification in the northern Rhône. In order to “to maintain quality and prestige, only a limited amount of wine can be labeled as St Joseph each year. Any surplus must be blended away or declassified”. It was fermented and aged in stainless steel to preserve fruit character.
Dark ruby-red in colour with aromas of blueberry jam and earth. Black currant, tart red current and cranberry flavours were supported by astringent green tea tannins and hints of earth in the medium body, whilst white peppercorn and traces of thyme comprised the moderate finish. Although a bit too mouth puckering for my personal taste, this is a great value and a terrific accompaniment to more substantial dishes.
Vin de Pays d’Ardèche
Produced and Bottled by Cave Saint Desirat
Enjoy now thru 2014