Hello friends. In what has become something of a holiday-season tradition, we’ve again been offered an excellent (albeit short-term) tariff on a reference-point Southern Rhone Syrah. Its release price of $16 has held steady for the past eight years, making it a better and better value with each passing year. But let’s aim for something a little lower than that $16 release price:
This vintage also just snagged a nice review from Wine Spectator, published on November 30. Wine Spectator (James Molesworth): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 90pts.”
Now a quick logistics note: we only get one shot at this pricing, and it’s volume-based (one of those times when we all benefit from Full Pull’s growth these past few years). We’ll try to build in a buffer for late orders and *some* reorders, but once we exceed that buffer, any reorders beyond that will be at a tariff closer to this wine’s normal $15-$16 range.
What is rare (and in my view, exciting) about Saint Cosme’s version of Cotes-du-Rhone is that it’s 100% Syrah. Most CdR’s are majority-Grenache, but we already know where Louis Barroul’s Grenache goes: into Little James Basket Press (another list favorite). So that leaves us with 100% Rhone Syrah at a price point that cries out for exploration.
It comes from two of Cosme’s holdings – one in Vinsobres (a bit cooler, on limestone and sand) and one in Gard (warmer, on large terraces of medium-to-large rolling stones) – and it’s done entirely in concrete. It has a wonderful, expressive Syrah nose: plum sauce and huckleberry, cracked black pepper and roasted meat, stony minerality and dark violets. Texturally this is undeniably old world, despite its listed alc of 14%. It’s a racy, nervy style of Syrah, with electric acidity that carries the complex flavors across the palate. This one positively pulsates with energy and verve.
Here is how the always-entertaining Louis Barroul describes this vintage: [TEXT WITHHELD].
Because this wine has a history with our list members, because it’s such a stone cold killer for winter parties/weddings, because I’ve seen it age successfully for five or six years despite its modest price point, let’s open it up to first come first served up to 72 bottles We’ve already pre-purchased a stash of this, so it will be available for pickup during our remaining open dates in 2015, and ready for shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.