Yves Cuilleron Laya Crozes-Hermitage 2016 – $29,90. Tamed and polished.
One of the more tamed and most polished Crozes-Hermitage I’ve had in a long time. Very cherry-forward on the nose, so much that it reminded me more of a pure Grenache than Syrah-based wine. The fruit is however very inviting and carries on a good while, just like a good New World wine would. After spinning it a little for air, I get notes of violet and wild flowers, pepper and a little vanilla, but surprisingly no meat or smoke considering that this is a Crozes-Hermitage, which are generally quite muscular wines from the Rhone Valley. On the palate, this already has more torque, and is immediately more in the appellation with big, bold tannins that are chewy but not aggressive. Still some big black fruit throughout, but more concentrated and heavier than on the nose, with a background of pepper and cigar smoke that culminates in a decent but not transcendent finish. This is OK, but I find it a little expensive B4B wise. To try if you want to slowly introduce yourself to the Rhône.
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