Thursday, February 27, 2014
Syrah - The Last Bottle
This is a wine that manages to make one think of northern Rhone syrahs while never hiding its California roots. There was a lot of ripe fruit, but it never went into jam. There were aromas of things other than grapes, particularly little hints of raw beef and dry earth that I love so much in Rhone wines. Great acid, tannin and balance along with moderate alcohol all made for a delicious bottle of wine. Of particular note was the amount of sediment in this this wine. It was considerable and I used a fine mesh screen and funnel and it was necessary to rinse the screen between pouring to get the wine to pass through. Not a problem I minded at all.
Dinner was some oven roasted chicken with herbs de Provence and potato coins roasted with fresh rosemary and garlic. Great match - and there is the second half of the bottle for tonight.
2006 Phoenix Ranch Syrah. 13.9% alcohol and $30.