I found a great new website – winealign.com. I’ll save the specifics for a later post, but it’s helping me find new wines at my local LCBO. Check it out. This week, I found a sub 30 dollar Syrah from Sonoma that kicks some pretty serious butt.
This needed a quick decant to really open up. Now that it’s rocking, I get a really interesting nose. Serious oaky spice – vanilla, white pepper, dark chocolate and spice cake kind of aromas. Along with those comes blackberry, black cherry, and some faintly floral notes – think walking by the flower store in the grocery store and getting a whiff of faint flowery something.
Lots of fruit up front, all black cherry, deep dark raspberry, dark chocolate, some coffee like notes. I get great flavours throughout – mid palate transition is peppery through to a nice long cherry finish with some interesting hints of minerality in the end. There is a lot of oak in this glass, but I think it’s really well applied. This clocks in at 15% alcohol, and it’s there this isn’t a wine for the faint of heart. This ain’t no fragile pinot this is a big strappin’ wine. I wouldn’t set fruit bomb, but on the edge. I’m not sure I would rate it way up to the 90 pt range like a lot of other wine critics, but I would definitely score it high if I was in the business. If you want to go big this is your wine. Given the price point I gotta say this is a great buy – well balanced, lots of fruit, intriguing aromatics. Go to it and bring some Sonoma sunshine into a dreary February night!