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Jean-Luc Colombo Syrah La Violette

2013 Deep and beautiful dark purple color. The nose is reminiscent of herbs from Provence – thyme, rosemary – and ripe red fruits. Round and well-structured with an elegant balance and a long and lingering finish. Delicious with red meats and lamb.
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$20.00 / Bottle   $240.00 / Case
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A native of Marseilles, Colombo first developed a strong admiration for the wines of the Rhône Valley in the late 1970s as a pharmacy student. A devotee of the Syrah grape, Colombo was convinced that the northern Rhône appellation of Cornas offered enormous and, at the time, unrecognized potential for producing super-quality Syrah wines. It was not long before Colombo began purchasing and cultivating his own vineyards - first in Cornas then throughout the Rhône Valley and Languedoc - leading to the establishment in 1994 of Vins Jean-Luc Colombo. The wines of Vins Jean-Luc Colombo are all sourced from Colombo's own vineyards and from carefully selected domains under his direct consultation.

Colombo has not limited his magical sphere of influence to Cornas. The company now embraces 27 wines representing major appellations of the Rhône Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France. Most recently, Colombo has returned to his roots for his latest winemaking venture in the Côte Bleue district near Marseilles. In a return to his roots, Colombo, a native of the Côte Bleue where he spent his childhood and adolescence, introduced in 2002 a new range of wines from this promontory of land overlooking the bay of Marseille.

La Violette is made from 100% Syrah grapes that are sourced from 30-year-old vines in the clay and limestone soil near Gignac in the Languedoc region. The wine undergoes controlled fermentation in stainless steel at 86°F, and then matures for 12 months.