Sunday, June 26, 2016

2007 Bodegas Arrayan Syrah

Happy Sunday!  The end of the weekend but the beginning of the week, how does that work anyway?  Tonight I've decided to open a recent purchase from Wines Till Sold Out, the 2007 Bodegas Arrayan Syrah, a 100% Syrah from Mentrida, Spain.  So let's see what this one has to offer!

The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass.  The nose presents aromas of tart cherry, violets and wild game with mint.  The taste is surprising it its complexity, with a rush of ripe fruit up front, cherry, blueberry and cassis that transitions to some lovely floral and spice notes midpalate.  The peppery spice subsides to reveal some wonderfully structured tannins supporting the velvety, smooth dry finish.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's a lovely Syrah that's in it's prime for drinking and it was a terrific bargain at just $17.  Tonight I am paring this with my own twist on Indian food, a chicken Tikka Masala with a broad array of vegetables served over basmati rice.  The black fruit and spice are perfect with Indian food, cheers!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

2013 DaMa Columbia Valley Syrah

Happy Saturday!  I've spend much of the day running errands and getting set to do some projects around the house (this home ownership thing is the biggest racket ever!).  So tonight I've decided to make a wonderful Mediterranean inspired dinner, and to complement that cuisine I thought a nice Syrah would be perfect.  Tonight it's the 2013 DaMa Columbia Valley Syrah that I recently received in a wine club shipment.

The wine is a bright ruby in the glass with great clarity.  The nose presents aromas of leather, black raspberry and lilac, that suggest this wine is a little more sophisticated.  The taste is somewhat fruit forward, with some lovely notes of black cherry and cassis that transition nicely to some white pepper spice and mineral notes swirling in a bit of smoke.  The tannins are somewhat mellow, but persistent, leading to a long, smooth dry finish that reaches its height with a reprise of cherry.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's a very nicely structured Syrah that is much more reminiscent of the old world style of the Cotes du Roussillon. Tonight I am pairing this wine with grilled octopus along with a variety of grilled savory vegetables (red onions, garlic, leeks, white and yellow peppers), purple kale and grilled tomatoes.  What a taste of the Mediterranean right here, cheers!

Friday, June 24, 2016

2012 L'Ecole No. 41 Ferguson

Happy Friday!  It's been a long week, so I am sure glad that the weekend is here and the weather is supposed to be lovely!  So to start the weekend off right I am grillin' and uncorkin' and tonight I've uncorked a bottle of 2012 L'Ecole No. 41 Ferguson, a limited production (890 cases) blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (61%), Merlot (27%), Cabernet Franc (6%) and Malbec (6%) from the Ferguson Vineyard in Walla Walla.  I recall barrel tasting the first vintage at the vineyard about three years ago, and I've previously reviewed the 2011 (see here) and 2013 (see here) so let's see how the even year stacks up!

The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, the sort of color composition that gets your mouth watering.  The nose presents aromas of blackberry, leather, tar and a hint of mint and violet.  The taste is a rush of ripe black fruit, blackberry and cherry that transitions effortlessly to some mineral notes of basalt and spicy black pepper and Asian spice midpalate.  The finish is smooth, dry and lingering with well structured tannins lending some vibrancy at the end.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9.5 as this is my favorite of the three vintages I've tried.  It's an ideal dinner wine, as it could go with a variety of wonderful dishes, from salmon to roast beef, but tonight of course I'm enjoying this wine with steak!  In fact, it's a rare grilled bone-in Angus ribeye with a spinach salad, grilled leeks and asparagus and a baked potato.  I'll enjoy this wine with my steak and then move this party to the patio where I can continue enjoying it into the wonderful summer evening.  Cheers!