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Crozes Hermitage is a French wine region located in the Northern Rhone Valley. Crozes Hermitage produces nearly 70,000 hl of wine, which is more than the combined production of all seven of the additional Rhone regions. Most of Crozes Hermitage wines are red, with only about ten percent of production being Blanc. The Crozes Hermitage reds are mainly produced from Syrah, while the Blancs are produced from Marsanne and Roussane. Crozes Hermitage wines are commonly less complex than that of the Hermitage region due to the lush soil, which can inhibit the roots from extending and deepening, and therefore detract from grape growth. There is relatively low sunshine and little air currents in the Crozes Hermitage region, which can create a braised flavor in wine produced there. There are several different terroirs in Crozes Hermitage, which offers a wider selection of wines from which to choose. The Northern area has a granite bedrock, which can hold on to heat a bit longer and create a full and multifaceted style of wine. The Eastern area is more clay and limestone soils, while the area to the South has sandy, grainy soils. Because these areas don’t receive as much sunshine with more difficult soils, the wines produced there have less ability to age, but can be offered at a better value. 

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Fayolle Crozes-Hermitage Rouge La Rochette 2016

Fayolle Crozes-Hermitage Rouge La Rochette is made from 25-year-old vines planted on loess and red granitic soils. 100% Syrah.

Deep ruby red color. 
The wine has plenty to offer with red and black fruit aromas, as well as a good minerality. 
The finish is long, clean and juicy and offers some white pepper spiciness typical of the best Crozes-Hermitage.

Soil type is red brittle granite and white soil.
Hand harvested in small crates. The grapes are then pumped into tanks (full cluster, not destemmed). 
It will stay in this tank for 15 days for the skin contact maceration and the Alcoholic fermentation.
They will also use the "rack and return" technique (delestage).
Then the wine is transfered into neutral French Oak barrels where the wine will complete the Malo-Lactic fermentation.

Review:

"While medium-bodied in frame, this densely packed Syrah heaves with luscious, almost pulpy, black-cherry and blueberry flavors. Its rounded, fleshy nature is amplified by sunny acidity and smooth, gentle tannins, but bright streaks of violet and crushed granite invigorate the midpalate. It's ready to drink now but should hold through 2026. Anna Lee C. IIJIMA"

- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (July 2019), 91 pts


 Wine Enthusiast: 91
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