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Jeff Cohn Cellars

2017 Domaine des Chirats Rockpile Vineyard Syrah
2017 Domaine des Chirats Rockpile Vineyard Syrah
Sustainably Farmed Vineyard - A Yves Cuilleron Collaboration

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. 

Domaine des Chirats is produced from the oldest Syrah plantings in the Rockpile AVA.

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96+ pts Jeb Dunnuck, 94 pts Wine Spectator, 92+ pts Wine Advocate, 91 pts Wine Enthusiast
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Rockpile Vineyard
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Tasting Notes
96+ Pts Jeb Dunnuck - Coming from a collaboration between Jeff Cohn and Yves Cuilleron, the 2017 Syrah Domaine Des Chirats is wound up and tight yet has wonderful purity in its blackberry fruits as well as notes of ground pepper, candied violets, bouquet garni, bay leaf, and gamey notes. Possessing a killer mix of ripe, sexy fruit and classic, Old World Syrah wildness, it’s full-bodied and flawlessly balance, with ample tannins and a great finish. Hide bottles for 3-4 years if you can. 92+ Pts Wine Advocate - Drink Date: 2020 - 2030 The 2017 Syrah Rockpile Cuilleron Collaboration Domaine des Chirats has touches of tar and scorched earth over cassis, blackberry pie, olive, thyme and violets. Full-bodied and grainy, it has well-tempered, nuanced fruits with good freshness and a long, menthol-laced finish. This still seems youthfully shy and may offer up more with time in bottle.
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
Production Notes
440 cases produced
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
Other Notes
Hide bottles for 3-4 years if you can.