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!