Verzier Chante-Perdrix 2018 IGP Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah, Rhone Valley
Here is a masterclass in the contradiction-laden temperament of Syrah, a wine that explains both why Syrah is so intriguing and why it is so maddening all in one sip. The appearance displays a dark plum color, the aroma, part woodsy, part funky. In the mouth, the wine is grapey and medium-bodied with a flavor of tangy blackberry dominating, rather than the usual northern Rhone clichés, and no hint of oak in the flavor—all fruit and soil. A firmly structured, substantial wine with some grip in the finish, it is bottled unfiltered and looks like it in the glass.