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2020 Crozes Hermitage “Goutay”

Barruol / Lynch
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There is a lot of wine in this wine! So much that it's a wonder they were able to fit it all in there. If I were allowed to say something as ridiculous as candied brambles on a bed of freshly fallen leaves, I might...but I'm not, so I won't. A more sophisticated take is something like, rich and powerful black and blue fruit accompanied by bacon fat, licorice, and herbs. Either way, it is delicious all the same.

Michael Bargo


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Syrah
Appellation: Crozes Hermitage
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhône
Winemaker: Louis Barruol
Vineyard: Planted in 1980, 1 ha
Soil: Granite
Aging: Aged in small, old barrels for 12 months, then 6 months in tank
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 14%

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