2008 Jean-Louis Denois "Les Oliviers" Syrah Vin de Pays D'Oc

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Does Jean-Louis Denois ever fail to impress us? So far, this talented winemaker has an exceptional track record with K&L customers and staff alike. Denois' latest offering is this boisterous little red that (once again) over-delivers in terms of price-quality ratio. The 2008 "Les Oliviers" is composed of 100% Syrah. Extremely spicy aromas matched with juicy black berry fruits and a whiff of black pepper on the nose make for an intriguing and immensely enjoyable red wine. Where does such a wine come from? The cooler Languedoc vineyards from which this fruit is sourced undoubtedly contribute to its more modest alcohol level, making it very food friendly too! Enjoy a glass or two now and over the next several years. (Mulan Chan-Randel, French Regional Wine Buyer) 13% abv.

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/31/2011  | Send Email
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I realize that many wine specialists and critics poop-poop the assertion of such concepts as “travel sickness” or “bottling sickness,” but after forty years in this business and experiencing many of these maladies, both as a retailer and as a winemaker, I can tell you that they do exist. I have seen these conditions occur way too many times to tell you that it is not true. It is why many producers hold back their productions for up to six to nine months after bottling. When this puppy first arrived back in February, it was a perfect example of what a long trip across the Atlantic does to the character and flavors of a wine; it was disjointed, withholding, funky, exhibiting odd characteristics, and having no finish. It was “travel sick!” Try it now. It is an amazing wine, one worthy of “Jim’s Gems.” Medium-deep ruby in color, the nose explodes with white pepper to anise spiciness and red plums, while in the mouth these characteristics carry over to a wine that is well-integrated, complex, and structured, with focused fruit, and a long, warm finish. Again, an amazing wine at an amazingly low price, to which Anderson has informed me that this Gem will be our house red for the month and beyond. 13% ABV (Jim Barr)
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 By: CH |  Review Date: 2/17/2011 
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Wanted to like this, but it took a day to settle down and even then was just ok. At first very funky, vegetal, a little rubber, too young (slight hint of spritz) and off balance. On day two more fruit and more balanced. There's better, even at this price, look to Central CA for every day syrahs.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Languedoc-Roussillon

Alcohol Content (%): 13