Township 7 Syrah 2009

Township 7 Syrah 2009
B.C., $25

Cassoulet was born to go with a hearty Rhone red, and BC’s Township 7 does one of the best interpretations of a French Cote-Rotie with their Syrah. The secret is to co-ferment it with a small amount (8%) of the white grape viognier, which gives lovely aromatics on the nose and lightens the palate just a tad to soften the leathery and cooked meat notes from the Syrah. It’s a wine that’s both elegant and muscular (and under $30—bonus.)

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