2000 Delas Hermitage “Marquis de la Tourette” Rhone Red, France. (Syrah)
Elegant and mature like a fine Burgundy with still fresh acidity and brightness, after air it really becomes classic and pure with dried herb, violets, cherry pie, mushrooms and blueberry flavors, before a dry finish with hints of savory game and spices. This wine shows you what nice cellaring adds to Syrah; give this rewarding wine a try! With question it shows some age, but these older wine notes are as they should be and unlock flavors that are hidden in a young wine, especially Hermitage or any Syrah, so keep an open mind and relish this gem. Subtle and dry at first, then gaining sweet plumy fruit and a fuller and rounder mouth feel, finishing long and with hints of caramel and mocha. ($60 at release, though it is a bargain at auction or online at under $45 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive
*Rancho Cellars have this wine on special for $35!