Happy Sunday! It's been an eventful day of yard work and some mechanical work on my lawnmower (turns out you actually need to replace the air filter every so often!) but now it's time to relax a bit. So tonight I'm out on the patio enjoying a glass or two of 2010 L'Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Syrah, a nice blend of Syrah (80%) and Grenache (20%).
The wine is a beautiful deep ruby color with bit of opacity. The nose is a pleasant combination of ripe berries, smoke and some lovely spice notes, just as you'd expect from a nice quality Syrah. The taste is so pleasant, with a blast of fresh black cherry, blackberry and raspberry up front that subsides into some nice flavors of mocha, dark chocolate and baking spice midpalate. The fine tannins are the ideal foundation for the nicely textured, long and exceedingly dry finish. A perfect wine for sipping on a cool summer evening!
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's a really nice example of the varietal and a perfect food friendly wine. Although I am having this with hamburgers tonight, it would be great with a steak, pizza, tacos or a variety of pasta dishes, it's just that versatile. Of course after dinner, there will be plenty left to sip on the patio as the lightning bugs come out. Cheers!