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Pierre Gaillard Asiaticus Seyssuel Cuvee Unique 2006

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    Winemaker Notes

    Produced in cooperation with Rhône vintners François Villard and Yves Cuilleron, "Asiaticus" was raised on historic terroir once cultivated in Roman times (and praised in antiquity by Pliny and Plutarch). These historic vineyards, now revived, sit just north of Côte Rôtie on the east side of the Rhône. Steep slopes covered in schist soils are blown by northern winds that keep vines healthy and cool; a 100% Syrah that exhibits a Côte Brune style, with its ripe, round and penetrating flavors. Black cherries, plum jam and salted licorice characterize the nose, while ribbons of dark chocolate wind around a full, structured and zesty mouth of black fruits and Moroccan spices.

    "Ruby-red. Intensely spicy scents of vibrant raspberry, cherry, cinnamon and clove are underscored by zesty minerality; smells like a suave Burgundy. Fine-grained, silky and sweet, offering sexy red berry flavors, gentle tannins and a whiplash of Asian spices. This boasts terrific energy and clarity, as well as superb finishing cut and persistence."
    -International Wine Cellar 91-93

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    The cultivation of vines here began with Greek settlers who arrived in 600 BC. Its proximity to Vienne was important then and also when that city became a Roman settlement but its situation, far from the negociants of Tain, led to its decline in more modern history. However the 1990s brought with it a revival fueled by one producer, Marcel Guigal, who believed in the zone’s potential. He, along with the critic, Robert Parker, are said to be responsible for the zone’s later 20th century renaissance.

    Where the Rhone River turns, there is a build up of schist rock and a remarkable angle that produces slopes to maximize the rays of the sun. Cote Rotie remains one of the steepest in viticultural France. Its varied slopes have two designations. Some are dedicated as Côte Blonde and others as Côte Brune. Syrahs coming from Côte Blonde are lighter, more floral, and ready for earlier consumption—they can also include up to 20% of the highly scented Viognier. Those from Côte Brune are more sturdy, age-worthy and are typically nearly 100% Syrah. Either way, a Cote Rotie is going to have a particularly haunting and savory perfume, expressing a more feminine side of the northern Rhone.

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    Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

    Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

    In the Glass

    Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

    Perfect Pairings

    Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

    Sommelier Secret

    Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

    NBI318879_2006 Item# 97091