Domaine des Chirates 'Rockpile Vineyard' Syrah 2014

$99.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

A collaborative project with Yves Cuilleron, of the Northern Rhône, in which Yves and Jeff decided to use the fruit from the oldest block of Rockpile Vineyard. This wine is dark, with hues of red and purple that are opaque in saturation. Aromatics of wild herbs stimulate the senses as you meander to a sweet nose of black cherry, blackberries, cassis, and liquid minerals. A harmonious balance of tannins, acidity, concentrated black fruits, and roasted Herbes de Provence yield to a bold and lengthy finish. Not French, not California, but pure Rockpile Syrah.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Shiraz/Syrah
Country United States
Region California
Appellation Sonoma
Brand Jeff Cohn Cellars
Vintage 2014

Sonoma County Wines

Sonoma County is one of California’s largest wine producing regions, with 18 different AVA’s (American Viticultural Area). Within the region and across the different AVA’s there are a wide variety of climates and soils suitable for producing different varieties of wine.

Some of the perhaps more notable AVA’s within the region include:

Alexander Valley, a warmer climate creates wines known for their richness. While Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel can be found from this area, it is their voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon with chocolaty notes that is the standout.

Dry Creek Valley, primarily known for it’s production of Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc.

Russian River Valley, with the regularly intrusion of a cooling fog, this area is known for producing quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, two varietals that do well in a cool climate.

Sonoma Coast, also a cooler AVA but also with high levels of rainfall. Pinot Noir grapes grow especially well here.

Besides those varietals mentioned above, one can also find Merlot, Syrah plantings within the various AVA’s of Sonoma County.

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Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – The 2014 Syrah Domaine Des Chirats comes from Rockpile. It is a collaboration with Yves Cuilleron from France’s Northern Rhône. This is made from what is believed to be Chapoutier suitcase clones. It is 100% Syrah aged in about 30% new French oak with about 30% whole clusters during the fermentation. Beautiful elegance and complexity with notes of blueberry, blackberry, floral notes, and great acid, this is a dead ringer for a Northern Hermitage or Côte-Rôtie. A gorgeous, dense purple color to the rim, sweet, juicy fruit, full body, but again, incredible freshness and vibrancy. This is a stunner and comes in at 15.2% natural alcohol, but seems light on its feet. Drink it over the next decade or more. P.S. As it sits in the glass, some bacon fat, lard and meaty notes also emerge.

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