Posted by Matt on August 11, 2016
we in the wine industry treat ourselves to a fun, delightfully
frustrating little challenge: blind tasting. It's a great way to hone
your tasting skills, so when Ben offered this bottle to taste blind, I
was intrigued and excited... then stumped.
"Wow, intense but balanced fruit, lots of berries... like raspberry jam, but vibrant, with something smoky... that acidity is stunning. Syrah, but not French... well, maybe? No, too fruit-forward, could be... California? That acidity though, that's Old World, and that great mineral note to finish. But the fruit... offbeat high-altitude California? Australia? ...or California? Ben?"
No, I didn't know there was good wine to be found in Morocco. Neither did renowned Rhône winemaker Alain Graillot when he visited the Atlantic coast of the country on a cycling trip. Spotting a small estate, only 20 hectares, he immediately recognized the quality of the Syrah grapes and asked where the wine was.
"We have exceptional grapes, but we don't have an exceptional winemaker."
And with that, the Thalvin Syrocco ($21 / bottle) came to be. The family-run estate still grows the grapes as they always have while Graillot controls the winemaking, blending the beautiful, ripe fruit of this warm maritime climate with the best of Old World winemaking techniques. And as a famous producer of Crozes-Hermitage - home to some of the world's best Syrahs - Graillot is the ideal candidate to bring out the remarkable potential of this new terroir.
Last week we brought in three cases of this wine and it sold through in a matter of days. We think this is simply one of the best wines we've tasted this summer, perfect with an array of barbecue favorites, especially grilled merguez preparations. It can even take a slight chill for these hot August evenings!
Call 718-246-5101 or order online to reserve your bottles today!