Eric Solomon is one of my favorite importers of wines from France and Spain. Back in 1994, Eric visited the Vignerons d’Estazarques and met their winemaker, Jean-Francois Nicq. They decided to create a custom bottling of old vine Syrah from one of the wineries best parcels, Andezon. Eric Solomon has a talent for finding great winemakers that will join him to create outstanding wines to import to the United States. This 2009 Cotes du Rhone is made from 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache. In the glass this wine has a deep, dark ruby color with black and purple hues. There are beautiful aromas of ripe cherries, raspberries and roses. This is a medium to full bodied wine with a rich mouth-feel and flavors of blackberry, blueberry and cassis. There is a delicious creaminess in the mouth and the fruit forward profile of this wine is balanced by nice acidity, smooth tannins along with spicy black pepper on the finish. Definitely more “New-World” then Old, there is pure pleasure in drinking this lovely wine. This wine can be found at Pete’s Wine Shop, in Bellevue, for about $13. Pair this wine with any meal or sip with your favorite cheese.