Syrah is at its finest in the Northern Rhône. Appellations such as Hermitage, Côte Rôtie, and Cornas produce transcendent expressions of the grape, combining darkly beautiful notes of blackberry and plum with spices, minerals, and savory umami notes.
These famous towns produce wines that are both ageworthy and expensive, but there’s plenty of excellent Northern Rhône Syrah that requires less patience and investment. Today’s wine is a Vin de Pays from a masterful Cornas source — a dark and delicate autumn red.
Dumien-Serrette is relatively new to the Ansonia portfolio, but hardly new to their hometown of Cornas — records show Dumiens living there in 1515. Their old-vine Cornas cuvées are magnificent, and not to be missed.
Dumien-Serrette’s 2019 Syrah “Moulin” is at once dark and lively. The nose shows deep, beautiful violets and earth, with classic Northern Rhône cloves and black pepper. The mouth is young, peppery, and vibrant, with juicy crushed berries, lavender, and granite.
Serve this in place of a Beaujolais, for something a little different.
Dumien-Serrette Moulin “Syrah” 2019
bottle price: $29
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