is one of the great names in the Northern
Rhone, and this wine comes from one of their estate
vineyards named “Nouvelère,”
meaning “new era.” The 2006 Domaine Philippe & Vincent
Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Nouvelère is 100%
Syrah that is aged in barrique (10% new, 30% one-year-old,
and 60% in 2-3-year-old).
displays a full, ripe nose of meaty blackberry and
toast, spice and smoky earth that improves
with air, and while the barrique is certainly present,
it's subtle. On the palate, the wine is medium
bodied with a soft, round texture, light acidity
and a medium length finish that firms up nicely
with chunky tannins.