2009 Domaine Alain Graillot, Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone Valley, France.
This pure Syrah is clear and defined with supple fruit and beautiful balance and depth. Graillot makes one of the finest Crozes out there that delivers great quality for a more than fair price, so while it is available grab a few bottles! This pretty wine starts with violets, garrique, game and boysenberry leads to a vibrant palate of the same plus kirsch, licorice, truffle and lots of blueberry with touches of savory currant, cherry and pepper spice. The fruit and spice lingers on the bright and fresh finish which highlights the acidity that gives this wine such life and makes me believe it has a good 10 years of drinking ahead. I have loved Graillot Syrah for many years and adored the 1999, 2005 and 2007, but I just might like this one best of all, it is worth searching out and putting a few away.
($35-40 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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