Christophe Semaska 2019 Syrah D’Auguste, Coteaux de Vienne
This domaine began in 1988 but it is in a restored domaine that was abandoned, and untouched since 1789. The lovely estate is nestled into the hillside of the Rhone Valley’s esteemed village of Cote Rotie, choice Syrah country. Since 1988 they have acquired more vines in Condrieu, Saint Joseph, Cotes du Rhone and, Coteaux De Vienne which is where this layered and lip-smacking Syrah comes from. Classic aromatics of cured black olives, cracked black pepper, smoke and dark fruit. Full and juicy on the palate but there is a dazzling mid palate of savory dried herbs. Big flavor but not a monster by any sense. The herby and peppery flavors are perfect for lamb, grilled sausages and hearty stews.