At literally the last minute, I managed to get off the waiting list for my company’s monthly wine tasting. Syrah this time!
We’ve been drinking and buying too much Syrah lately (probably as a result of going to Paso Robles and then Seattle) – and not nearly enough Pinot Noir it seems!
Best wine: 2008 Syrah from Goedhart Family Vineyards “Bel’ Villa Vineyard”, Red Mountain, Washington, $29. It was spicy with a strong backbone of tannins.
Best value: 2008 Syrah from Bradgate Stellenbosch, South Africa, $14. Huge perfume, and super inky – almost black. Not as smooth or complex as the slightly musty smelling 2007 Corbieres Chateua Grand Cres, “Cuvee Majeure” from Corbieres France, but a great steal vs. $26.
Was disappointed by the 2008 Syrah Reserva from Tamaya Limiary Valley Chile, which felt limpid with zero structure in comparison. It was too sweet.