Grand Ciel 2013 Syrah
The 2013 vintage has an expansive nose of blue fruits, blackberries, violets, cherry blossoms, vanilla mint and citrus oil followed by mineral and garrigue (i.e., wild, fragrant herbs) characters. A glass-staining black purple color reinforces the aromas. As always there is a generosity of flavors that include lush brambleberries, blackberries, cherries, orange spice, black pepper and cumin. 2013 proves to be a ripe and powerful vintage as is evident in this release of Grand Ciel Syrah.
Review by Jeb Dunnuck
RobertParker.com, #225 (Mar 2016)
"A stunner in the vintage is the 2013 Doyenne Syrah Grand Ciel Vineyard. From one of the top sites in
Red Mountain, it sports a deep purple color to go with sumptuous notes of black and blue fruits,
graphite, violets and crushed flowers. Rich, full-bodied and concentrated, yet also elegant, balanced
and pure, it has no hard edges, sweet tannin and a great finish. It's beautiful today with a decant, but
will have 10-15 years of overall longevity."