2017 Grange des Rouquette Syrah "Agrippa"
Iconoclast winemaker Thierry Boudinaud (famous in the US for his Fat Bastard line of wines) has long been a champion of quality, affordable French wines. He doesn’t make this wine every year, but when he feels he gets the proper ripeness, this 100% Syrah is produced. It is named it after the Roman Governor who oversaw the building of the famous bridge, the pont du Garde. This is from the warmer southern part of the Rhône, so its more full bodied than something like a Saint-Joseph. The wine itself is dark and savory with notes of dark plum, blackcurrant, classic Syrah spice, herbs, and warm earth. This is a great wine for a rainy night and a pot of stew. I don't know about you, but with winter coming and so much time spent at home, I've been making A LOT of soups and stews. ~Ryan Smith, Enoteca Direct