The Chante-Perdrix is a nice little Syrah that I found at one of the best wine shops in San Francisco, Arlequin Wines. I had a hunch this might be a nice example of cool-climate Syrah at a reasonable price. I was right. It’s a wine that might be a tad hard to find but it’s a great example of cool-climate Syrah.
I’ve been quite happy with the Syrahs I’ve had from the Collines Rhodaniennes area of the Northern Rhone because they are at a low price point and exhibit lots of classic cool-climate characteristics.
Dark, deep, sour olive, licorice, tar and meat aromas, this Syrah has all that cool-climate aroma complexity that I look for. There are even aromas of sour candy that carry over to a smooth mid-palate and a big lift of acidity on the finish. It’s a lower priced wine but that doesn’t make it necessarily an easy-drinking wine you can just knock back. In fact, it definitely benefits from some time in the glass or in a decanter.
Keep an eye out for Northern Rhone Syrahs from Rhodaniennes as great examples of Northern Rhone Syrah for lower prices.