Les Hauts de Janeil: Soul-Warming On A Gloomy Wintry Day

It’s the end of March.  It snowed all day….. sigh.

So you see, with every fiber of my being, I attempted to transport myself to the hot, sunny, south of France.  The Les Hauts de Janeil, Francois Lurton, 2008 Syrah & Grenache whisked me away!

This blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache from the Languedoc region in southern France brings together some meaty, peppery notes (from the Syrah) and lovely, palate-pleasing fruit and softness (from the Grenache).  The nose is filled with smoky oak, dried herbs and fruits with some sweet vanilla notes.  The palate first brings soft, juicy-fruity black cherry and plum flavors, followed by spice and smoke mid-palate.  As the wine sat, the finish evolved to become fruitier with plum and blueberry.

Bold, yet soft; spicy and meaty, yet full of luscious fruit.  I truly felt transported to a sunnier, warmer place!

The pasta dish I paired with this wine was full of flavor.  (Pasta with Sausage and Kale)  Italian sausage with a bit of heat was a great pair with the Syrah.  The layers of flavor from pungent feta, bitter walnuts, and sweet aged balsamic (18 Year Traditional from allspice DesMoines) stood equally with the complexities of the wine.

This wine is available at my Ankeny Hy-Vee.  It was my brief moment away from this cruel March weather!

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