Paul Jaboulet Aîné Les Jalets 2011 Crozes-Hermitage (Syrah), $14.39-$19.99, 89 points, was an impenetrable core black until purple/red was heowian from that black stone near the glass bowl with its rather broad clear wine ring and leggy glass wall.
The aromas were lively black fruit and warm earth with hints of flowers and cinnamon.
Deceptively round for a medium-bodied wine, while the fair acidity was yet crisp, and the underlayment of tannin sufficient to form a spine.
Proper flavors of blackberry, black currant, and raspberry with hints of truffle were good.
Finished well on soft spice notes, the trailing palate, and a balanced 13% alcohol.
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