2019 Alain Graillot "Syrocco" Syrah, Zenata, Morocco

While this is a fruit-forward Moroccan red, it is made in an OldWorld style with moderate extraction, excellent balance, and complex aromatics: plenty of ripe purple black fruits and dark configure, with hints of sandalwood.



Syrocco is 100% organic Syrah from the Zenata region of Morocco between Casablanca and Rabat on the Atlantic coast. Cool micro-climate from the cold winds off the Atlantic. 25+ year old vines give depth to this syrah grown in sandy shale and gravel terroir. The wine is aged in large older barrels.


Syrocco is produced by legendary Rhône vigneron Alain Graillot and his sons, Maxime and Antoine. He stumbled upon these vineyards and the Thalvin winery while bicycling in the Zenata region of Morocco between Casablanca and Rabat. This gorgeous area is an organic dream, with cool winds blowing off the Atlantic and no polluting industries whatsoever. The Thalvin winery has been around since the 1920’s, and when Alain found their gorgeous property, he formed a partnership with them to provide Syrah and Cinsault vines for his own Moroccan wines. Alain crafts these two wines as a fruit-forward and juicy, yet they are made in an Old- World style with soft extraction, excellent balance, and complex aromatics.


Grape(s) Syrah
Farming Organic