Ok wine folks, I have to ask, how can anyone not like a wine called "Swordfight"? Particularly when it's a blend of Syrah (75%) and Mourvedre (25%)? Well, that's what I've decided to open tonight! After a long day enjoying the local county fair, looking at animals and tractors and eating food that's just terrible for you, I've decided to come home to a nice bottle of wine and perhaps a healthy dinner (oh who am I kidding!). The wine I've chosen tonight is one of just a few bottles that I brought back from my 2013 venture to Walla Walla when I stopped in at Rotie Cellars, a maker of fine Rhone style blends.
The wine has a deep, inky purple color in the glass, almost black at the center. The nose is rich and jammy, with nice aromas of ripe plum, raisin and a bit of leather and toasted oak. The taste is very fruit forward with a blast of dark fruit, black cherry and plum that transition nicely to some hints of mint, dark chocolate and fresh herbs. The tannins are round and supple laying the foundations for a long, dry and velvety smooth finish that will leave you wanting more. This is the type of wine that just makes a great companion, whether sipping it on the deck or enjoying it with a hearty dinner.
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's truly a beautiful example of a great Rhone style blend half a world away from the Rhone Valley! Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a healthy dinner of surf and turf, a petite T-bone grilled rare and some snow crab legs, along with some corn on the cob and sliced ripe tomatoes, a perfect summer dinner! Salut!