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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 3 
ProducerDomaine du Murinais
DesignationVieilles Vignes
SubRegionNorthern Rhône

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2014 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.9 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 18 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by btock on 1/16/2015 & rated 88 points: An easy wine, not very complex just right up the pike dusty syrah. Red/purple fruit, tannins present but relaxed. Ready now. (327 views)
 Tasted by oakland.cory on 8/7/2014 & rated 85 points: Purchased in 2010 and cellared for 4+ years. Dark opaque red, aromas of stewed plums, dark chocolate, a touch of spice, and wet earth. Very powerful, intense aromas but not complex or attractive. Good acidity and balance, but a bit dirty with flavors of black fruits, dirt, and damp wine cellar. Finishes clean and dry. Really doesn't have much Syrah character. Drink now. (773 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 11/1/2013 & rated 90 points: smells well northern rhone syrah, not earthy but more like a grill brick with under tones of subtle red fruit and dried potpourri, the palate has a gorgeous texture, plums, very one dimensional but not in a bad way hint of raspberry

Conc: Solid lovely drinking at its peak I think now (1151 views)
 Tasted by 14Frimaire on 4/7/2013: I loved this bottle. It was beautiful, authentic, and alive. Wish I had more. Not to mention the value: under $20? That is crazy these days. (1529 views)
 Tasted by btock on 3/23/2013 & rated 89 points: Solid, good food wine. Syrah at 12.5%, what a pleasant change. Served against a grilled sirloin, and that was nice. Nice minerality in the core, purple fruit. Finish was a bit short, but a pleasant wine and drinking well now. (1430 views)
 Tasted by Chomsky on 3/3/2012: This has really settled into its groove, showing deeply smoky and meaty Syrah notes amid a graphite minerality. The texture is all vieilles vignes richness. This has some time to go but is really delicious now. (2229 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 2/26/2012 & rated 88 points: No Formal Tasting Note

What I like about Crozes Hermitage it has nice that nice juicyiness, on the nose with some meatiness but fresh and lively. I like it good stuff good producer (1893 views)
 Tasted by SteveG on 12/24/2011 & rated 87 points: From memory. fairly opaque red-purple, dry flowers and black fruit nose, blackberry and smoky meat palate, medium finish. Pleasant Rhone syrah with food but not interesting enough to much stand on its own. (1518 views)
 Tasted by fitchbuck on 11/9/2011 & rated 88 points: Another reviewer noted this wine was a one-note song - and I couldn't agree more. Unfortunately for me, that note was rather wimpy unto itself, and never really rang true even given time out of bottle. Nothing displeasurable here, other than a slight sour note, but little to recommend either. I don't see this as having the backbone to gain strength with any more time ... so drink now, or give away :( (1611 views)
 Tasted by Anthony Lombardi on 10/1/2011: Nearly pitch black at the core with some deep maroon around the rim. The nose is brooding with a mix of black fruit and black pepper. The pepper element adds some depth, but this is quite fruity for Syrah. The entry is a lovely mix of citrus and blackberry. Searing acidity begs for some food which we happily obliged. Some pleasant, soft tannic structure adds a dimension on the finish.

This is a bit of a one note wine, but what a note it is. Imagine harvesting fresh, perfectly ripe blackberries and pressing them into juice and drinking it up immediately. Just a lovely expression of fruit and acid. Drank with a pheasant and Rosemary pate. Just delicious. (1508 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 3/26/2011: Opened up since last time drinking, not as closed

Earth, mix of red and dark fruit
med+ acid, med body, med tannin, med+ int
good red fruit cranberry/cherry, (1718 views)
 Tasted by Chomsky on 11/6/2010: Cartoony and unruly upon opening; two days in the fridge and this is in a great place, with nice N.Rhone Syrah character. (1938 views)
 Tasted by 14Frimaire on 9/18/2010: Good stuff. This was darker and more intense than the St. Joseph, with a homeopathic dose of brett, just a small hint of the barnyard that added to the package. (1944 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 5/1/2010 & rated 88 points: Clear, Opague Purple, Aromas of Vanilla, Game, Earth, Hightone Blackberry, Ripe Red fruit/Strawberry Cream, Youthful, Grape Jelly. on the palate, ripe dark/red fruit, dark chocolate, med-acid,med-tannin, med body, Finsih Med, Alc med, Juicy (1945 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 9/18/2009 & rated 88 points: Wine is still young, tight, Seemed a little closed, Nice Red Fruit medium body very nice, Not Over Ripe or anything like that. Will Check maybe in a year (2250 views)

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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/23/2010)
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Regional History:
Phocaean Greeks established viticulture in the Rhone as far back as 600 BC, but until the 14th century the wines were not seen outside the region. The establishment of the Avignonese Papacy (1305-1377) brought fame to the region's wine-so much so that their Burgundian neighbors to the north banned wines from the Rhone in 1446, a measure that effectively cut off trade with England and other Northern European markets for over 200 years. Stretching southward from Lyon to just south of Avignon, the Rhone produces a wide variety of wines, with the appellations north of Valence producing the least (in volume), and the towns south of Montelimar producing prodigious amounts. As in other regions, the most interesting wines come from small farms. Saint-Joseph, in the northern Rhone, extends for some distance between Condrieu in the north to Saint-Peray in the south. The reds are made from Syrah and the rare whites from Marsanne and Rousanne, and Viognier.


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