2019 Alain Graillot 'Syrocco' Syrah Zenata Morocco
Winemaker Notes: Alain Graillot stumbled upon these vineyards and the Thalvin winery while bicycling in the Zenata region of Morocco between Casablanca and Rabat. It is a beautiful area with cool winds blowing off the Atlantic and no polluting industries. The Thalvin winery has been around since the 1920s and after some discussion, a deal was reached and Thalvin provided Graillot with parcels of Syrah vines to produce Syrocco.
Generally beloved by sommeliers all over, Graillot's Crozes-Hermitage is the benchmark representation for Syrah. So, it's very exciting to taste his venture to Morocco, where he is once again demonstrating his masterful touch with Syrah. This medium-bodied wine is meaty, juicy and smoky all at once, and great everyday drinker and an amazing accompaniment to highly spiced, grilled meats and earthy stews.