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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2017 Domaine des Chirats Rockpile Vineyard Syrah
2017 Domaine des Chirats Rockpile Vineyard Syrah

Each year, I feel Yves and I get closer to achieving the vision we have had for this project. This year is really showing finesse with a palate of elegance, depth, purity and sheer intensity. I have always felt that this vineyard brings a very Hermitage aspect to the table, but this year I think there is a touch of Côte Rôtie showing through. A sensational deep red/purple color is followed by what I feel is one of the most fragrant noses for this wine that we have made. From the savory to the black/blue and red fruits to the cassis and mineral notes that intermingles throughout. Full bodied, rich and concentrated, but manages to stay light on its feet. This wine fills your palate with black cherry compote, black and red currants, olive and a liquid mineral component that is the essence of Rockpile Vineyard. 

94 Pts Wine Spectator
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Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Rockpile Vineyard
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Wine Spectator
Wine Profile
94 Pts Wine Spectator Distinctive and expressive, with vibrant wild berry, forest floor and savory pepper beef accents that take on richness and structure on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2030. — TF
2016 - 96+, 2015 - 96 Pts, 2014 - 95 Pts, 2013 - 97 Pts
Winemaker Notes
This is a project that I do with Yves Cuilleron, one of my favorite winemakers in the Northern Rhône. I met Yves in 1998 at Hospice du Rhône in Paso Robles. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with him on this, our fourth vintage of our Domaine des Chirats Rockpile Syrah. Domaine des Chirats is translated in old French to "Home of the pile of rocks". What a fitting name for a special wine!
450 Cases