The subject line says it all: A big, hearty wine for the Northern Hemisphere's most wintry month, the Syrahs of the Northern Rhone, including - in roughly ascending order of reputation and price - Crozes-Hermitage, St. Joseph, Cornas, Cote-Rotie and the lofty Hermitage. These are typically powerful, structured black wines with characteristics of grilled meat, smoke and blood.
Let's compare notes on these wines, remembering that Wine Focus, as its name implies, sets up a relatively small target and tries to stick to it. If the topic inspires you to taste other Syrahs or even Shiraz as well, that's great, but let's keep those other-topic notes in the regular Wine Forum or, if you like, cross-posted to the Netscape WineLovers Community, where the Wine of the Month (WOTM) will be Shiraz in general.
Last edited by Robin Garr
on Fri Feb 02, 2007 4:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.