Wine Advocate 95
I absolutely adored the 2016 Cairanne L'Estevenas, a 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah that contains one of the oldest parcels of Syrah planted in the Southern Rhône. It offers complex aromas of cracked pepper, licorice, blueberries and black olives on the nose and is full-bodied, rich and profound on the palate, adding notes of black cherries on the silky, seductively long finish. Less than 700 cases were produced.
From a south facing old mountainside of blue/white clay-limestone soil, grapes are hand-harvested separately at their optimum maturity. Fermentation with only indigenous yeasts lasts 23 to 28 days. Grapes are sorted and separate vinification of different grape varieties to keep the expression of the petite syrah. Bottled without fining. General tasting - Blackcurrant fills a rich and explosive nose. A soft palate showing a touch of mocha and chocolate adds to the complexity with well structured tannins enhance the body.