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2018 Domaine des Chirats Rockpile Vineyard Syrah
2018 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. I have always felt that this vineyard brings a very Hermitage aspect to the table.

The 2018 is black as night to the rim of the glass and back. Aromatics of blackberry/black cherry pie filling ooze from the glass, followed by fresh pencil shavings, brioche and savory notes of wild Herbes de Provence, and a hint of cedar. Full-bodied, but not heavy on the palate, the Rockpile minerality carries this wine from the incredibly rich and giving front palate to the exotic mid-palate that showcases black fruits, black licorice and touch of charcuterie. So rich, so intense, so elegant, and in the end, so magical.

100% Sustainably-farmed Syrah

Why This Wine?

It is the oldest block of Syrah at Rockpile (RP) Vineyard. After making this Syrah for many years as the 'Haley' bottling, I decided to try a new project. This time, I wanted to work with another of my winemaking heroes, Yves Cuilleron of Côte-Rôtie. I met Yves in 1998 at Hospice du Rhône in Paso Robles. Yves and I wanted to take this Syrah in a different direction than what I had been making, so we did.

The original budwood came directly from Hermitage in the northern Rhône and was planted soon after. To really appreciate how different Domaine des Chirats is from the other RP Syrahs I make, you really need to taste them side-by-side. I also encourage you try it alongside a bottle of Yves Cuilleron Côte-Rôtie to see how our two styles come together.

Domaine des Chirats is translated in old French to "home of the pile of rocks". What a fitting name for this special wine.

Vineyard Information

At 2010 ft. elevation, our vineyard sites that we source from are rocky, and stressed. This gives me amazing fruit to make our Rockpile Vineyard Syrahs.

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Ratings

97+ Jeb Dunnuck, 95 Wine Advocate, 94, Wine Enthusiast, 93 Wine Spectator
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SKU: 18DOMA
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Rockpile
Vineyard Designation
Rockpile Vineyard
Aging
30% whole cluster fermentation, aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels.
Alcohol %
15.2
Wine Spectator
93
Wine Enthusiast
94
Wine Advocate
95
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
97+ Jeb Dunnuck - Coming from a collaboration between Jeff Cohn and Yves Cuilleron, the 2018 Syrah Domaine des Chirats is another dense, rich, super-intense Syrah in the lineup that has incredible complexity in its bright blueberry and cherry fruits as well as notes of violets, white pepper, sandalwood, and bouquet garni-like aromas and flavors. This full-bodied, tannic, powerhouse of a wine develops smokier, Côte Rôtie-like bacon fat as well as more and more structure as it sits in the glass. Do your best to hide bottles for 3-4 years. and it should have two decades of overall longevity.
Vineyard Notes
At 2010 ft. elevation, our vine- yard sites that we source from are rocky, and stressed. This gives me amazing fruit to make our Rockpile Vineyard Syrahs.
Production Notes
167 cases produced
Winemaker Notes
This is a project that I do with Yves Cuilleron, one of my favorite winemakers in the Northern Rhône. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with him on this, our fifth vintage of our Domaine des Chirats Rockpile Syrah.
Food Pairing Notes
Santa Maria Style Tri-tip, other grilled meats, mushroom risotto
Other Notes
In the Cohn Zone: now - 2040
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