Wine of the Week
2009 Domaine Rostaing Syrah ‘Les Lézardes’

S. IRENE VIRBILA
Los Angeles Times
Modified: July 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm •  Published: July 27, 2012
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photo - The 2009 Domaine Rostaing Syrah "Les Lezardes" is rich and spicy, tasting of wild plums and carrying the scent of sun-baked herbs from the steep hillsides. On nights when you just feel like throwing some ribs or chops on the grill, this is the wine. (Los Angeles Times/MCT)
The 2009 Domaine Rostaing Syrah "Les Lezardes" is rich and spicy, tasting of wild plums and carrying the scent of sun-baked herbs from the steep hillsides. On nights when you just feel like throwing some ribs or chops on the grill, this is the wine. (Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Wine of the Week: 2009 Domaine Rostaing Syrah Les Lézardes”

René Rostaing is known for his stellar Côte-Rôtie, due in part to the old-vine vineyards he inherited from his father-in-law, Albert Dervieux-Thaize, and uncle Marius Gentaz-Dervieux.

While Côte-Rôtie by definition is expensive, Rostaing’s “Les Lézardes” Syrah, made from old vines adjacent to Côte-Rôtie, offers great value. The grapes may not boast that heady appellation, but they deliver an enchanting Syrah. Unmistakably northern Rhone, the 2009 “Les Lézardes” is rich and spicy, tasting of wild plums and carrying the scent of sun-baked herbs from the steep hillsides.

On nights when you just feel like throwing some ribs or chops on the grill, this is the wine. It will give any casual meal a lift.

Region: Rhone Valley

Price: About $32

Style: Rich and spicy

What it goes with: Grilled ribs and chops