Chapoutier Selection 100% Syrah from the famed Rockpile Vineyard. The oldest vines at Rockpile produces a wine that is layered-not the biggest, or the darkest, but certainly the most complex. Not wholly French in style nor California, but an amazing balance of the two.
16 months 30% New French oak, 228L to 600L barrels
30% New French oak, 228L to 600L barrels
Dark in red hues, on the edge and purple deep center with Herbs de Provence, sweet black and red fruits with liquid minerality. These 20+ year-old vines are the oldest plantings of Syrah at Rockpile- the Chapoutier suitcase clone. It's never the darkest or biggest wine from Rockpile, but always layered and complex.
95 Pts Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate
"The 2014 Syrah Domaine des Chirats comes from Rockpile. It is a collaboration with Yves Cuilleron from France's Norther Rhône. This is made from what is believed to be Chapoutier suitcase clones. It is 100% Syrah aged in about 30% new French oak with about 30% whole clusters during the fermentation. Beautiful elegance and complexity with notes of blueberry, blackberry, floral notes, and great acid, this is a dead ringer for a Northern Hermitage or Côte-Rôtie. A gorgeous, dense purple color to the rim, sweet, juicy fruit, full body, but again, incredible freshness and vibrancy. This is a stunner and comes in at 15.2% natural alcohol, but seems light on its feet. Drink it over the next decade or more. P.S. As it sits in the glass, some bacon fat, lard and meaty notes also emerge."
91 Pts Wine Spectator
"An assertive Syrah, showing power and finesse, offering aromas of berry cobbler and toasty spice, with rich flavors of smoky black cherry and licorice. The tannins build slowly toward the finish. Drink now through 2025."- TF
The very rocky mixture of granite clay and loam quartz-very volcanic in appearance. Granite gives structure, clay makes up the body, and quartz loam provides the finesse.