Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tonight, a group of us particpated in an online TasteLive event focused on 4 Syrahs from Washington. As a group, the wines were wonderfully full of flavor and balanced. Some I would have sworn were from California or Australia blind. Others offered unique flavor profiles I've not experienced in other Syrahs. Here are my thoughts on each of these wines...
Medium-full body in color. Back label says it's a food wine, which turned me off a little to be honest. I drink most of my wine before dinner- should I not like this wine in that case? Fortunately for me, I found the wine to stand up quite nicely both with food and without. A little fake-grapey on the nose, but not in a bad way. Dried fruit, light tannins and medium acid on the palate. Menthol on the finish. Nice craft-brew looking label makes me think it's cool-person wine.
WWP 89: Very Good
Wine-Searcher.com ($38 Release Price)
DeLille Cellars Syrah Doyenne
Massive bottle with a punt you could hide a small village within. Dark in color. Aromatically fruity, but packs a serious flavor punch on the palate. Wow. Big, sweet-ish chalky tannins. The anti-flavor elite would not appreciate this wine. Low-medium acidity. Long finish. Fantastic grilling/cocktail wine. Serious, but not a sit-down with fancy dinner kind of wine.
WWP: 91/100 Outstanding
Wine-Searcher.com ($49 Release Price)
K Syrah Phil Lane Walla Walla Valley
Full bodied. Blueberries in the nose. Probably the warmest and roundest of the bunch. Spice and nicely balanced medium acidity. A big, delicous wine. To me the label says funky small winery with small production. Nice but quite expensive.
Wine-Searcher.com ($70 Release Price)
WWP 92/100: Outstanding
Tip: If you're in the Boston area and interested in K Syrah- check out Bin Ends Wine. I hear they have a few bottles of the 92WS/$45 release price 2005 K Cougar Hills for $30.
Columbia Winery Syrah
After tasting these other wines, this wine seemed quite easy going, fruity and vibrant. Significant funk initially that blew off after a couple of hours. I found the wine quite refreshing actually. Bright red fruit on the nose and palate. Luscious. Great value.
WWP 88/100: Very Good
Wine-Searcher.com ($16 Release Price)
My thanks to the folks (@HdR2010) who brought these wines together for us to taste and for their support of wine bloggers. I appreciate it.