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!