This is a welterweight (heavier than a middleweight and lighter than a light heavyweight) wine in lots of different ways. Medium- to full-bodied, it packs a good peppery punch without the power to knock you over. The Barou Syrah has the black fruit flavors of a traditional syrah. It’s light on it’s feet, though, with enough verstility to pair with lots of diffent foods. You aren’t limited to heavy, red meat dishes with this syrah. This is perfect on its own, with poultry, or with any red meat. As long as you give your food a grind of black pepper, you’ll end up with a great pairing.
The people at Domaine Barou know what they’re doing with the terroir they have. Every year, they seem to get the most they can, without going over the line to something overripe or overtly tart. The 2014 vintage in the Northern Rhone was quite difficult, but the farther north the vineyards are the better they turned out. These grapes came from very near the top of the Rhone wine region, near Viennes and Condrieu, where a dry and windy September saved an otherwise damp growing season. Most wines were lighter than usual, but his one is just about the same as usual – which is a very good thing.
|VdP (now IGP) Collines Rhodaniennes, north of or acrossthe river from St. Joseph
,Stainless steel fermented
,Certified Organic,Clean, juicy syrah. Starts dry, finishes dry. Medium body. Cranberry, black cheery, black raspberry flavors. Black pepper and a little red spice on nose and palate.
|Wine maker notes
|Domaine Barou is an independent vineyard and produces 17 acres of AOC and VdP
Wines, including St. Joseph Red, Condrieu, and VdPs Syrah, Viognier, and Marsanne.
Organically farmed, this family winery focuses on showcasing the varietals and bringing out the maximum of “terroir” expression.