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A Wine to Try: 2009 Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage ‘Les Jalets’

The 2009 Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage "Les Jalets" gives a whiff of sun-baked hillside, dark berries and wild herbs. The taste is redolent of spice and blackberries, smoke and something brambly and wild. (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles/MCT)

The 2009 Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage "Les Jalets" gives a whiff of sun-baked hillside, dark berries and wild herbs. The taste is redolent of spice and blackberries, smoke and something brambly and wild. (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles/MCT) Purchase photo reprints »

A WINE TO TRY

2009 Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage ‘Les Jalets’

Northern Rhone Valley, France

$20 to $23

Rich and full-bodied

Goes with: Grilled meats, daubes and stews

I opened this bottle, poured out a glass of the deep garnet Syrah and got a whiff of sun-baked hillside, dark berries and wild herbs. The taste is redolent of spice and blackberries, smoke and something brambly and wild. A close but less glamorous cousin of Hermitage, the 2009 Crozes Hermitage “Les Jalets” from Jaboulet is made from 25-year-old vines. The grapes come mostly from Les Jalets vineyard, named after the old French word for the pebbles left by Alpine glaciers. This is a Crozes Hermitage that can stand up to grilled meats. Skip the heavy barbecue sauce, though. I love it with Provencal-style daube of beef with black olives. Butterflied leg of lamb would be a fine match, too.

— S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times

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