Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Petite Ruche 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Intense purplish red. Red berries, blackcurrant and raspberry on the nose. The palate is fresh and round, with a finish of fruits. This wine has a lot of finesse.
"A taut, driven style, with iron and bramble edges to the core of linzer torte, blackberry and fig fruit. A stony edge drives through the finish. Very solid. Drink now through 2013. 1,500 cases imported."
"The 2009 negociant offerings include the 2009 Crozes-Hermitage La Petite Ruche, which is probably the strongest wine he has yet made under this moniker. Abundant tapenade, licorice, pepper and meaty aromas jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored, full-bodied, concentrated, rich effort. Accessible enough to drink now, it promises to evolve easily for a decade or more. "
The Wine Advocate
"Bright purple. Textbook syrah on the nose and palate, offering intense dark berry and floral qualities complicated by smoke and spice notes. Packs a serious punch but carries no excess weight, finishing bright and long."
International Wine Cellar
"Sturdy and youthful, this is refreshing in its unadorned simplicity. It just tastes like syrah, plummy and peppery with a hint of lilies, grown in the stony warmth of Crozes-Hermitage. "
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